conspiracy to steal pink (nat raum)

for Anish Kapoor, exclusive owner of Vantablack, the world’s blackest pigment

i have to hand it to Steuart Semple:

there is no better way to piss off an art bro

so entitled he bought an entire color

just for himself than to sell

the world’s pinkest pink, so pink 

it repels light to surge brighter, for less

than a latte on one lone condition:

never let Anish Kapoor get his hands on it.

and yet, you felt the pettiness so deep

within the bowels of your Vantablack void

you decided you could easily nab just a little—

after all, how else can a viral figure say

fuck you besides a cerise-powdered 

middle finger snapshot to the feed,

best paired with a convenient omission: 

you couldn’t be bothered to share either.


nat raum (b. 1996) is a disabled artist, writer, and genderless disaster from Baltimore, MD. They have a BFA (in photography) from Maryland Institute College of Art and are a current MFA candidate at the University of Baltimore. They are also the founder and editor-in-chief of fifth wheel press and managing editor of Welter Journal. Past and upcoming publishers of nat’s writing include Olney MagazineperhappenedCLOVES, and trampset. Find them online: 


image: Edward Michael Supranowicz is the grandson of Irish and Russian/Ukrainian immigrants. He grew up on a small farm in Appalachia.  He has a grad background in painting and printmaking. Some of his artwork has recently or will soon appear in Fish Food, Streetlight, Another Chicago Magazine, The Door Is a Jar, The Phoenix, and other journals. Edward is also a published poet.