O’Keefe Paints the Desert • Martin Willits

Each morning, O’Keefe
would wake the cliffs
with the color of rivers

painting with glue
and colored sand
only with ribs

wearing a painter’s smock
climbing a scaffolding
to get a better look

each day, light changes
cliffs, become new shapes,
new colors, new silences

glue to the ribs
condensed light
upon light upon light

a woman
in such vastness
could find herself

a dry
river bed


Martin is the author of one of the most beloved
RBR poems ever. Probably much more importantly,
he has 6 full-length collections including contest winner
"Searching For What Is Not There" (Hiraeth Press, 2013)
and over 20 chapbooks of poetry including contest winner
"William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But Restless Man"
(Red Ochre Press, 2014)