The Colors of Noise

This entry is part 2 of 29 in the series Conversari


From her phone’s camera, the orange & pink blur of an ear
pink noise is often used as a reference signal

My words boomerang back & vanish in a storm of static
blue noise — good for dithering

Later, at a party, I drink enough to hear a sort of surf
blue noise is also called azure noise
violet noise is also called purple noise

My ears ring from an hour & a half of singing
brown or red noise is also known as
“random walk” or “drunkard’s walk”

Back home, I notice huge gaps in the sky where stars used to be
black noise is also called silent noise


Phrases in italics are from the Wikipedia article, “Colors of noise.”

See the photographic response by Rachel Rawlins, “Bucket.”

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