Joanna Gilman Hyde

"Good Morning, World!"

Category: visual art

Question:

What is the allure

of The Lime Green

Prom Dress?

Answer:

Add a carrot

& You’ve got

Flaming June

Fantasy Cut

Eye have My Princess Dress

in Lime Green Satin

sequinned of course

with exposed crinoline lining

in multiple layers —

It was for Some Girl’s Prom

but Eye will make of It what I will:

Sex On A Hilltop

in The High Meadow Grass

filmed

INSPIRATION

Eye will paint

The Sea Foam White

inlaid with shards of shells

collected

with infant fingers

from My First Beach

in Africa

He’s Only One Beach Walk Away

He’s only one beach walk

away —

Eye could trip over

The Asteroid Belt

Eye could manifest

My Self

like Venus

at The Edge of Sea Foam

dressed in My Black

LL Bean

one-piece

Eye could

Eye-conoclasm

On My Dresser

when I was little

I displayed a black & white

photograph of My Father

dressed as George Washington

for a costume party —

I remember His Girlfriend

as Martha

showing Me Her Skirts —

all Her Skirts

right down to Her Short Lace Slip —

I remember The Layers

as She counted

like the lime-green prom dress

I think I’ll buy

from The Salvation Army

to dance My Dance of Hip Hop

with arms revealed

legs concealed

 

The Artist’s Legacy

If You’re a poet

and You kill Yourself

no one will appreciate

Your Work

the way You would have

wanted.

 

If You’re an artist

and You cut off Your Ear

people will call You

insane.

That Polaroid Poise

Eye sat in My Mother’s

yellow butterfly chair

thrown out by

My First husband

tanned legs crossed —

broad arms crossed —

downward sideways glance

with My Father’s Gold Metal

around My Neck

& My Red Tank Top

bra-less

 

Seeing Is Believing

Dr Blair was surprised

I didn’t end up

in a dumpster in New York —

Well — he’ll be a lot more

surprised

when Eye end up

as The New Darling

of The Black Revolution

Dissolution

The Night awakes Me

with Its Crescent Moon —

alien construct

or yet unvisited

— Eye don’t care witch —

It’s so beautiful

hanging above

the beginning

of My Day

which is forever

beginning

MAELSTROM

Eye Dance My Dance

Eye Write My Right

Eye Paint My House

Eye Walk My Walk

And Eye Have My Ultimate Companion