By Sian Norris

Maggie Nelson fell in love with the colour blue.
She’s not the first.

Sat in this square,
every hour looking up to see:
a new Yves Klein painting.

In that hot blank blue
the Renaissance makes sense.

And Anna in her
Voyage in the Dark,
despairing at London’s grey:
it’s hard to believe it’s the same

And Derek Jarman,
close to blindness,
with his screen of
intimate blue.

And Ruth chasing blue
all the way to
her utopia.

And that trashy historical novel I read,
with its Virgin Blue.

And all those desperate girls,
swooning at blue.

In that hot blank sky
it all makes sense.

Maggie was right.
It would be easy to fall in love with a colour.

Your eyes.
So blue.

Good job then, that this is
our last night. 


Sian Norris is a writer and feminist activist. She is the founder and director of the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival, and runs the successful feminist blog She has written for the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, and is a regular book reviewer at Open Democracy. She co-edits the Read Women project. Her first novel, Greta and Boris: A Daring Rescue, is published by Our Street and her short story,The Boys on the Bus, is available on Kindle. She is currently working on a novel based around the life of Gertrude Stein, which in 2016 was long-listed for the Lucy Cavendish Prize. Follow her on Twitter @sianushka

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