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Femme in Public I cried because I remembered my shame I rememberedhow it tore me to pieces I remember how they stolethose pieces and squished them together and called it a man, like a puzzle you can t quite figure out so you justsettle with its jagged edges Pretend it fits. This is a slim but exceptional volume I ve been a fan and follower of Alok Vaid Menon s online presence for a long time it s absolutely delightful to dig deeper into their poetry It s hard to pick a favorite piece because all of the poems are so strong, and also come from the same emotional place One line that has kept ringing in my head, even two weeks after reading it, is this it is hard to have your abundance mistaken as absence pg 7. What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology Who hurt the people who hurt you Let s figure it out Femme In Publicis a collection of poetry by nonbinary artist Alok Vaid Menon In the author s words it is a dream of what it could look like to celebrate transfemininity in public both in ourselves and for the people who desire us by which I mean everyone, across time, always ❰Download❯ ➻ Their Language of Love Author Bapsi Sidhwa – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk across time [KINDLE] ❄ Turbulence By Samit Basu – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk always THEY WILL SAYthey will say that femininity is not powerfulthey will say that we are vain, selfish, and foolish.they will say that we need to focus on the real issues they will say nothing when we are attacked theywill say that we do not exist until they need someoneto blame they will say that we are imposters, frauds,predators, mistakes, mostly, they will say that weare ugly they will say that we should shave, try harder,disappear, sometimes they will not say, so they will spit,point, gr THEY WILL SAYthey will say that femininity is not powerfulthey will say that we are vain, selfish, and foolish.they will say that we need to focus on the real issues they will say nothing when we are attacked theywill say that we do not exist until they need someoneto blame they will say that we are imposters, frauds,predators, mistakes, mostly, they will say that weare ugly they will say that we should shave, try harder,disappear, sometimes they will not say, so they will spit,point, grope, laugh instead.they will say that we should die, they will say that death isnot enough so they will make us suffer they will say that suffering is not enough so they will say we made it up they will say the wrong names and pronouns whenwe are gone they will say it is our fault they will eraseus from history, family, legacy they will try to erase usfrom their fantasies, they will fail.they will bash us in public.they will want to be us in private.they will say that femininity is not powerful.but i have stopped traffic simply by going outside.i have suspended time i have made everyone watch ihave shed every category, word, and lie i have etchedmyself so deep inside, they will never forget me.i have found a way to live forever.they will say femininity is not powerful.so i will put on my dress.so i will go outside.so i will prove them wrong This is honestly one of the best poetry books I ve read, no doubt in my mind Alok writes thought provoking pieces on inhabiting a world that is hostile toward femininity, especially for trans femmes of color They explore the harassment and abuse they receive day to day, in one of the most intimately vulnerable collections I ve read in a long time. Someone get me this book ASAP I got this book when I was lucky enough to see them preform in Berkeley last month and I saved it for a day when I would really need it Like Maya Angelou and Audre Lorde before them, their words reached right down into my soul I love every poem in this collection THEY WILL SAY is probably my favorite favorite in this collection I really really love my brain right now for holding on to the night I actually got to see them preform so when I read the poems they spoke that night I could sti I got this book when I was lucky enough to see them preform in Berkeley last month and I saved it for a day when I would really need it Like Maya Angelou and Audre Lorde before them, their words reached right down into my soul I love every poem in this collection THEY WILL SAY is probably my favorite favorite in this collection I really really love my brain right now for holding on to the night I actually got to see them preform so when I read the poems they spoke that night I could still hear their voice and be taken back to that perfect oh so queer night Thank you Alok Apparently, it is possibly to imagine beyond identity politicswhat is a man but a question mark so lonely it wrappedaround itself so many times it began to resemble a body For those of us who long for prayersPromise me you understand that I wasn t just assignedmale at birth, I m assigned male every day walking onthe street Promise me you understand that as a form ofgender violenceThe gentle art of poetic self defensetoday a man on the street pointed to me said what the hell is that Apparently, it is possibly to imagine beyond identity politicswhat is a man but a question mark so lonely it wrappedaround itself so many times it began to resemble a body For those of us who long for prayersPromise me you understand that I wasn t just assignedmale at birth, I m assigned male every day walking onthe street Promise me you understand that as a form ofgender violenceThe gentle art of poetic self defensetoday a man on the street pointed to me said what the hell is that i wanted to turn around,tell him that i got this dress on sale i got this body for freebut you have been making me pay for bothever since A short, easy to read book of deep but short pieces I cried, I laughed, and I learned to think different about the words and names we use to talk about clothes and people It makes me wonder how we can be free when we are always in spaces full of rules. Mandatory reading for everyone I was so completely moved and inspired and so glad Alok shared this I made audible noises because they describe the pain that I feel so completely and wholly THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.


About the Author: Alok Vaid-Menon

Alok is a gender non conforming writer and performance artist Learnat www.alokvmenon.com


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