Crash Landing in the Plaza of An Unknown City / Jia Oak Baker
dancing girl press, 2015
Jia Oak Baker is the author of a chapbook, Well Enough to Travel (Five Oaks Press). She is the recipient of a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and has been awarded residencies from the Wurlitzer Foundation and Hedgebrook. She lives and teaches in Phoenix, Arizona.
Morphology of Yellow
If what I exhume reveals itself in contradiction—
both grotesque and gold—what then?
In visible light I dine on my self,
a leg or arm, perhaps.
I dream in ochre pigments.
Sulfur. Saffron. Ambivalence.
What is a ghost interred but sure silence?
No misty wandering. Windless.
Caves of Lascaux.
Tomb of Nakht.
The kiss of Judas.
I had a body in the beginning.
All winter jasmine and the yolk
of an egg. It was beautiful
you gazed upon it—
especially, the face.