Initiator: Carla Gelbaum – Study No. 12 for You Are Here Series
Initiator Artist: Carla Gelbaum
Artwork Title: Study No. 12 for You Are Here Series
Size: 11 x 14″
Medium: Mixed media
Price: NFS (prints available)
Responder Author: Jim Gunshinan
Writing Title: Memory Theatre
The grandmother I never met
rented a piano, but nobody in her household
played, as far as I know.
worked as an usher at Radio City Music Hall.
Imagine him in a tuxedo on a small Navy vessel
traveling up and down the Yang Si River.
My mother played the cymbals for the band at
Big Creek High School, West Virginia.
Imagine her wearing a bear hat, changing with the guards
at Buckingham Palace; my grandfather
tying back his tomato plants with strips of cloth
ripped from old bed sheets; and
my other grandmother, the one whose pound cake
in her comfy chair
praying the rosary with her eyes closed.
In this story, you are the Professor on Gilligan’s Island
trying to make electricity from a coconut.
Nobody is talking to each other.
We’re all just standing by.
Take the coconut and put it to your ear
feel its fibery roughness
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