Joanna Gilman Hyde

"Good Morning, World!"

Question:

What is the allure

of The Lime Green

Prom Dress?

Answer:

Add a carrot

& You’ve got

Flaming June

Breathing Deeply

What is the significance

of the smell of a worn tee shirt

worn one night

by an estranged husband?

The smell of comfort?

No.

The smell of sex?

No.

The smell of age?

No.

The smell of possession?

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

The Art of Sexual Frustration

Eye have a Doctor

in My Bed

and nice to Me

He is not —

He sleeps & sleeps

upon His Head

which I could grab —

is He Hot?

Contact

Oh Yes He Was Great —

The Great Man

that He Thinks He Is —

He Satisfied My Every Desire

and repeated himself

endlessly

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

Dilemma

Eye asked Dr Schweitzer

if I should have

“Two” X Husbands

and Eye answered

My Self:

ONE is bad enough.

INSPIRATION

Eye will paint

The Sea Foam White

inlaid with shards of shells

collected

with infant fingers

from My First Beach

in Africa

Thought Upon Rising

What are The Extremities

of The Human Body

but The Rays of A Star?

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