Notes on Studies for a Drawing in Red

May 13, 2009 § 4 Comments

A. Papatya Bucak discusses the notion of threes and her Brevity 30 essay Studies for a Drawing in Red:

Around 1994, one of my friends told me about a guy she knew who dressed all in red to tell his girlfriend he loved her.  Then five years later, while I was on a writing residency at Hedgebrook Farm, one of the chefs told me about a kid–I think it was her nephew–who dressed all in red in order to lure hummingbirds. I knew these two stories fit together somehow, but they didn’t feel complete–things have to happen in threes, don’t they?  So after a ten-year-wait for another story about someone dressed all in red, it occurred to me that the someone could be me.


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§ 4 Responses to Notes on Studies for a Drawing in Red

  • Tim Elhajj says:

    How awesome. I thought number 3 was Jesus, and I still enjoyed, “Studies for a Drawing in Red.”

  • Lorri says:

    Tim, yes. The palms and wrists and testing and buried and ‘murdered in my name.’ Jesus. And all the other children of God: you, me, A. Papatya Bucak…

  • Tim Elhajj says:

    I loved it because it was so surprising. I didn’t see 3 coming, especially not after 1 and 2. And it totally fits and I love an essay that can surprise me, especially in less than 750 words. It didn’t even occur to me that 3 might have been A. Papatya Bucak, although I suppose that might seem silly since Brevity is creative non-fiction and it stands to reason she has to be in there somewhere.

    I think I like it more now that I’ve read the little background. “Helping the hummingbirds come” indeed. 🙂

  • R Bloch says:

    I really liked it.

    It seems more like a story of submission to enlightenment, and I felt that the “trust Jesus” graphic diminishes the meaning, as the message is far more universal.
    I feel her words offer a far more Buddhist approach to the world, as it is accepting of the pain of the human condition.

    It seems to me that Christians so often look (via prayer) to Christ to bring an end to the pain, or even to enrich their lives with material possessions. While the story made me think of the philosiphies and teachings of Mohandas Gandhii’s, the graphic brings to mind the stories of Giovanni Francesco Bernardone, who is better known as Saint Francis of Assisi.

    I would accept it better as an assay on the acceptance that the world was created in chaos, and continues in chaos. With the graphic, it appears as an acceptance that Jesus is in control.

    And the graphic is the only thing that made me feel all of this.
    Nothing in the story.

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