from chiaroscurosVIII, The Grammaton Series


Irene Koronas







Lime and cheese

mix to fix and sketch

the thigh bones


gelded lambs



dioxazine purple

and burnt sienna


the indurated stare

choosing to trap

the blank


the throne next to theory

halfperson halfcalfskin

hidden in trope


scrape the lay bole

to burnish and temper


then stampor punch the panel

or ooaona or secco or cuttle

and stir the ground up bone


with saliva or sage


from the second joint

the foul wings or capon

make ashshade


wrap the blunt

dropsim with ink

on carta banbagina


slit the hemlock

and hold the sharp nib

the pipkin over fire


skin the horny tint

and fasten down

the hematite turnsole

or terra verte forms

found on page 34


the cognitome

is a houn drab

in fish glue


and the barbed feather

sweeps. The charcoal

blends the dark fold


white lead peppered

with spindle yolk


nigrum et album concurrant

equaliter ad compositions

coloris medii et tunc erit

equedistaris inter extremos


ut rubedo. Inter album vero


it rubeum non possunt esse

nisi duo, unus magis albo

et alius rubeo. Inter rubeum

vero et nigrum erunt simi duo


in porringer shape

the rind on three

finger boards


slabs in a jar

makes a fat color

fatter than vine twigs

burnt and quenched 

condenses in a mass


soot drowns sinoper

as cinabrese does more

for flesh when worked

up with saint john’s white

countenir on a wall







The mudshoe

soiled with chartreuse


its dumbrat chatters



for the floptronics

are carbon aniline atoms


and benzene rings

on the refractator index

laces eyelet feats


the enigma a crotch

before flex

before mix 


bind murals 

with the naif and kinetic

debrains on a cartface


with tawgrays

a somod of fanatics

and earcuts


who wear bib erections

meant to sanitize

and bootleg tractors


benton and wood

hymn the bayonetcuss


the asp yellow

whiff flicks chalk

on a blowhard







Musselmann sensor the corpse

as bones pass through

a prurgatoric prism


ash the empiric blend


580 yellow nanites

620 red doxers

520 green semas


the patch

on the palette

the semantic cremature


has its alchemy

in a witchboard


hangs a squinty

a whiffcreep

in dystopia

a yellow star stripteases

on barbwire


red vertical piles

in unequal slices


an orpiment

soaked by a kapo


the pound pigment


pig bladders

on the pinprick










Irene Koronas is an extreme experimentalist.  Her The Grammaton Series includes gnōstos, Volume VII (BlazeVOX, 2023), siphonic, Volume VI (BlazeVOX, 2022), lithic cornea, Volume V (BlazeVOX, 2021), holyrit, Volume IV(BlazeVOX, 2019), declivities, Volume III (BlazeVOX, 2018), ninth iota, Volume II (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2018) and Codify, Volume I (Éditions du Cygne, 2017).  Her extreme experimentalism has been published in Alligatorzine,Argotist Online Poetry, BlazeVOX, Buzdokuz, Die Leere Mitte, E·ratio, Graphic Violence, Hyper-Annotation, International Exhibition of Surrealism Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Marsh Hawk Press Review, New Mystics, Offcourse Literary Journal, Otoliths, perspektive, #Ranger, SPAMzine, Stride, Sulfur Surrealist Jungle, Synchronized Chaos, Utsanga, Version (9) Magazineand Word For/Word.  She is the Publisher of Var(2x).  Her website is



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