Red Hot Poems from February 3, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, was a dreary day.  Following the piles of snow and cold weather, some heat was in order, so the BAWA* readers did their best to express heat via temperature, love, romance.  In addition, we learned about the color red–its associations from the political to the medical.  If you missed the reading, don’t be blue–here is a list of the poems we read so you can feel the heat of the evening!



Read by Dan Vera

Love Letter by Carole E. Gregory

On the Removal of Red by Dan Vera

The Streak by Jane Shore

Gently the Boy I Was and Am Loving the Boy You Were and Are by Franklin Abbott

Tu Risa/Your Laughter by Pablo Neruda

Prayer by Francisco X. Alarcón

National Security by Archibald MacLeish

Song by Muriel Rukeyser


Read by Natassja Linzau

Red is the Color of Blood by Conrad Aiken

A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns

Many Red Devils Ran from My Heart by Stephen Crane

A Red Flower by Claude McKay

The Red—blaze‑is The Morning by Emily Dickinson

Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

Fire by Dorothea Mackellar

Amoretti XXX: Ice and Fire by Edmund Spenser

The Fire by Mary Oliver


Read by Pete Montgomery

Whitmansexual by Antler

Constant Conversation by Rumi

Heat by Jane Hirshfield

When I Heard at the Close of Day by Walt Whitman

She Assures That She Will Hold a Secret in Confidence by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

When He Pressed His Lips by Steve Kowit (after Vikatanitamba)


Read by Susan Scheid

Heat by H.D.

I’d Like a Little Flashlight by Rachel Zucker

Because I cannot remember my first kiss by Roger Bonair-Agard

Warmth by Barton Sutter

Love by Pablo Neruda

The Red Cadillac by Reginald O’Hare Gibson

Excerpt from The History of Red by Linda Hogan

Not to Mention Love: A Heart for Patricia by David Clewell