That’s a line from Walter Moseley, one super-special word-artist. The phrase is from “Charcoal Joe” (2016), which I read immediately after “Rose Gold” (2014). Evocative is only an approximation of the experience.
I’m extra-literary today(?!), reading Mosely and watching the incomparable Newman, Woodward, Hoffman, and many more in “Empire Falls” (only the first half; don’t give it away!). Loving Amazon Prime.