“Mobile garden dress” by Nicole Dextras, as seen in installation at Todmorden Mills, Toronto, July 2014.
What I want What i want to know is, yellow lady, light midsummer light yes you, yellow-skirt dandelion, lionness potted pothead on Pottery Road potting pots potting about lady skirting there yes, you mellow yellow-dappled hoop under pleated wear bodice bodied basket-boned, pot-bellied pot how many children under there madame, my dame? i want to know how many children under skirts under wear wasp-waisted yet earthen-ware mother potted mum yellow mums mum's nasturtiums, you say? i jus' want to know wish to know bee-crowned begowned (earth-skirt) ravish you
Dawn Promislow is the author of Jewels and Other Stories (Mawenzi House, 2010), which was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2011, and named one of the 8 best fiction debuts of 2011 by The Globe and Mail. She has a novel forthcoming in 2022. She lives in Toronto.