Black & White by Anna Straus (White (107)…
Black & White by Anna Straus
in her crisp off-white sari
against his soft white mundu
She wore jeans and a white T-shirt
In a white shirt and mundu with angry veins
And a white shirt over a black back with a birthmark
he was wearing a white shirt and glasses
His white Terylene shirt was unbuttoned
handing Estha his penis through his soft white muslin dhoti
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes.
against her translucent white stockings
The box heels of her scuffed white sandals
Her sari was starched and perfumed. Off white and gold
her spotless half- sleeved white chatta
a V-neck and her white mundu,
the blue-and-white checked, frilled... housemaid's apron
Escaped wisps of hair were recaptured and returned to
starched saris. Off-white and gold.
crisp saris lay in rows and crispened in the sun. Off-white and gold
her dark-blue and white flowered cotton- polyester dress
He wore a white churidar and a black shervani
made a lovely contrast to the frothy, bridal white.
printed Terylene bush shirts over his white mundus
a brown blouse and off-white mundu
She wore a thin white towel arranged diagonally
Her white mundu and kavani were crisp and ironed.
waist-length white blouse with darts
took off the white mundu he was wearing
a black boot and nice white sock
A thicklipped man with rings, cool in white
She wore a white dress with legs underneath.
Maybe they were getting married. She in her white dress.
Chacko's old shirts over a long white petticoat
He wore a thin white cloth around his loins
could have been blood. It was hard to tell in black and white.
It was an old black-and-white picture. One that Chacko took
flesh petals (gray in a black-and-white photograph)
silver-framed black-and-white wedding picture
cans of paint, white for the clouds
planes with white trails that crisscrossed
the red and white arm of the railway level-crossing gate
The red sign on the red and white arm said STOP in white
when people died at sea, they were wrapped in white sheets
leaving wavy lines of thick white scum in its wake.
It had egg white on it.
White egg white.
For the sweets, for the white egg white.
Like well-whipped egg white.
Her white egg sac ruptured prematurely
A scrap of white paper inside it
like a clot of smart blue-and-white flags.
new recipe book, black with a white spine.
Crisping white bed- sheets.
Sad white music. (2)
His white leather zip-up Bible
small bananas on a blue-rimmed white enamel plate
A fisherman in a white-tiled bathroom, with sea-secrets
The floor was clean, the walls white.
White walls had turned an uneven gray.
a wide staircase, white doors and windows,
the memory of steep roofs and white walls
through the wooden doorway in the
high white boundary wall.
everything was white-walled, moss-tiled and moonlit.
against the roundness of a white pillar
It was a beautiful house. White-walled once. Red-roofed.
Rotting beams supported on once-white pillars
the white edges of the arum lilies crisped
White dots of sandalwood paste
White termites on their way to work. (2)
White ladybirds on their way home. (2)
White beetles burrowing away from the light. (2)
A white wasp. Dead.
A white boat-spider floated up with the river in the boat
each tree through which milky rubber
seeped like white blood
a small heap of congealed white dust lay. Bone dust from a
The White grasshoppers with whitewood violins. (2)
He was called Velutha--which means White in Malayalam
They were clean, white children
The clean white children, even the big ones,
Are they clean white children? No.
Sophie Mol was seven years old. White and blue
like Margaret. White. In a flowered, printed frock
fawning on them if they happened to be white
he arrived to return to the long-backed white girl
Baby Kochamma got news of a white child's body
The white man's demon had entered them.
The women were all in white
circled like a moth around the white child
Parts of the Body
One's hair snow white, the other's dyed
the hair feather-white.
His white beard and hair were long
Slivers of white scalp shone through.
bell-bottoms was rolled up to expose a white, bony knee
Spit coagulated into little white gobs
When it's white, it means it isn't ripe
Rahel carefully examined her white Binaca froth
He had high cheekbones and a white, sudden smile.
her long white back swiveled away from him
His white, sudden smile
to work for a company that made carbon black
had retired from his carbon-black job
Hollick paused to order a pot of black coffee
Effortfully, because the black knob on the handle
had fallen off
Of red fish curry cooked with black tamarind.
The train slammed past under a column of dense black smoke
a milky liquid (phenyl) with floaty black things in it.
she wore her jet-black bun pinned
to her small, silver head
fifties sunglasses were black and slanty-eyed
Shiny black hairpins, like straightened snakes
a long-sleeved red shirt with a pointed collar
and black drainpipe trousers
dressed like a taxi, yellow shirt, black stretchlon shorts
He wore his printed dark-blue-and-
black mundu loosely folded up above his knees.
eye-slits of his peaked black hood at the executioner
He wore a white churidar and a black shervani.
On his feet he wore polished black oxfords.
with a black boot and nice white sock
He in his black suit and bow tie
The strips of black rubber fell to the floor.
she put her violin away into its black, violin-shaped box.
between the wall and the black iron cauldron in which
a batch of freshly boiled (illegal) banana jam
her new recipe book, black with a white spine
She turned to Estha bent over the scarlet broth in the black cauldron.
the patch of wall behind it was singed soot black.
The sea was black, the spume vomit-green
The folding chairs were folded. The black sea smoothed.
A pianist killing the piano keys. Even the black ones.
On the bedside table there was a silver-framed black-and white wedding picture
petals (gray in a black-and-white photograph).
It was an old black-and-white picture.
could have been blood. It was hard to tell in
black and white
slid a black sickle of dirt from under the thumb-nail
only black cat-shaped holes in the Universe
black crows gorge on bright mangoes
Rahel watched a small black bat climb up
spathes ranged from shades of
mottled black to blood red and glistening orange
there was no such thing in the world as a black cat
A column of shining black ants walked across a windowsill
(or else islands of black fungus formed like frilled
mushrooms in a clear soup)
indoors, the black hen followed him
huddled trees with only a domineering black hen for company
The black hen left through the backdoor
A black hen appeared in the doorway.
plate of banana chips (bright yellow with little black seeds
watched a clip from
a film in which a black busker was singing
He was called Velutha--which means White in Malayalam--because he was so black
Kochu Maria, You Ugly Black Dwarf.
Kochu Maria sniggered. "Africa's full of ugly black people and mosquitoes."
"Hey, you! Black bitch! Suck my dick!"
black as the night that surrounded him
black as the water he had crossed
Blood barely shows on a Black Man.
Kari Saipu's house. The Black Sahib.
Pappachi's Moth was held responsible for his black moods and sudden bouts of temper
Parts of the body
blazing, coal-black eyes
She had a delicate, chiseled face, black eyebrows
One's hair snow white, the other's dyed coal black
the hair in his windy, armless armpits was wispy black
The hair in his crotch was black and springy
Black-haired backs of heads became faces with mouths and
a blond curl lodged among her black ones
Lace flowers and a lucky leaf bloomed on a black back.
And a white shirt over a black back with a birthmark
A brown leaf on a black back. (2)
and worry an old scab, or scratch the large, black
his real eye and shone on his black cheek.
a Paravan's coarse black hand on her daughter's breast
His black hips jerking between her parted legs.