DYKE JACKET

The one she wore

from the army navy store

after shaving her head clean

except for one gleaming strip of brown

down the middle


Dyke jacket

the one she wore

from the army navy store

the sleeves cut off

the night we both tossed our lot

with all the other wimmin

shimmying down the street like a rattle snake


Make no mistake:

We were five thousand strong

that's a long Dyke March


Our throats were parched

from non-stop screaming

that evening


How incomplete it seems today

to live my life any other way


without a posse of dykes

filling the streets

strident in our joy and rage


stepping up

we unfurled

a giant banner to the world


Wimmin Loving Wimmin Saves Planet!

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Giovanna Capone is a poet, fiction writer, and playwright. She was raised in an Italian American neighborhood in New York, whose strong immigrant influence still resonates in her life. Her book: In My Neighborhood: Poetry & Prose from an Italian-American, was published in 2014. Her work has appeared in various other publications. A partial list includes: Curaggia: Writing by Women of Italian Descent; Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry; Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus; and Queer View Mirror 2, Lesbian & Gay Short Short Fiction. An interview with Giovanna appears in Daughters, Dads, and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America, ed. by DiCello & Mangione. Giovanna’s play, Her Kiss, was produced and performed in San Francisco by Luna Sea Women’s Performance Project, in their first Dyke Drama Festival in 1999. She also co-edited Hey Paesan! Writing by Lesbians & Gay Men of Italian Descent with Tommi Avicolli Mecca and Denise Nico Leto. It was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in the year 2000.  Most recently, Giovanna has been co-editing a book of short fiction and memoir by lesbian authors, entitled: Dispatches from Lesbian America. It's forthcoming in December 2016. Giovanna works as a public librarian in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit her site