Recipes for Red (From Such Rich Hour)
February 1, 2000
Feb 1, 2000
ardor and pestle
sucked from the iron
and flaming just a little on parchment is the fevered
skin of animal: this
was made to proof
was boiled to world
and powdered, pounded,
chained. (Shaved with a shard of glass the great
blocks of brazil
(colorus flammeus) from the forests of
and from there by sea to Alexandria in great quantity
from ‘brazier’ from
‘bright waiting’ stains the hands and they say the taste is
While some of the most brilliant
were extracted from insects (the coccus ilicis as it dies
upon the branch)
kermes from the Arabic made Latin kermesinum made
cremesino, cramoisie in French and a brilliant crimson
& wakeful state
largely developed for the Florentine wool-
How to make mercury from cinnabar through deprivation:
(and the marrying of mercury to sulphur
and the heritage of vermillion:
Oh minium ("to miniate") red sulphide of mercury
and miltos and cinabrum, sandaracca, orange tetroxide of
a simple procedure: mix the mercury with the sulphur, stir
twice, sneeze once and heat the remainder.
Quicksilver and mortar.
Monsieur, will you do me the honor; take the blood from
and make from it a pair of gloves.
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February 01, 2000