Natalie Shapero




Blood that’s red


as distinct from blood that’s

brown is how you know you need


a doctor now. To read death into

dreams, attend to oceans, avocets,


and F-15s. But what if I dream

of death—what does that mean?


Don’t shock the baby into birth

by viewing wretchedness and rape


on screen, but if you must, repeat

what the suave director


said, on the matter of violence

in his movies: that’s not


blood, that’s red—


NATALIE SHAPERO is the author of the poetry collection No Object. She lives in Somerville, MA, where she is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an Editor-at-Large of the Kenyon Review.