works published in NōD Magazine, 2015


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genderfuck is a blood word
because how do you contain all of your earthly
experiences in a single label

crying over bras and yes miss and
pointedly plucking out pubic hair until blood pools
in the crevice where your thighs end and your
body begins

    feel of fresh buzz cuts and
    properly applied eyeliner and
    leather belts and
      yes sir

genderfuck is a blood word
because you have checked your godforsaken privilege at the
door ten thousand times and still it is home, it is calm,
it is quietly protesting and calling your name

genderfuck is a blood word
because how can something feel so safe and
so violent at the same time

you feel most feminine in a collared
shirt and pants and yet here you are :
twelve, and politically choosing pink over blue,
skirt over jeans, because they think you are Boy

you get misgendered anyway
    consider punching them

    they say genderfuck is a blood word
        but

    you (are Woman? and you) are forceful
    you (are Woman? and you) are strong
    you (are Woman? and you) are more