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23 neurotic crows in a recycled flesh suit
lee | he/they | 18 | intp-t | lgbtq+
est. march '20
CA alum summer '20
poetry and spoken word competition winner '20
wtw review issue 2.2
peer review summit facilitator march '21

Message from Writer

guess i'm here again?

self portrait as a man

June 25, 2020


let’s    break the norms,    although i guess i’d     be the norm,         i’d
take up space        foreign, to me,     girls are     taught

quietude or    servitude, they do not        inhabit space             in the same way,
one could argue they    do not inhabit        space at all, some say they     inhibit it,

why? is the     body    too much     for you    ? where it curves,         does it frighten you?
where my body curves,     it frightens me,     i’d rather it not,        i’d rather

breathe loud in a room,     take up space i’d     no longer deserve,     spread my legs
on the subway seat,          be wide and loud, have    confidence without     curve,

my body    now a different type of weapon    no longer           self-destructive
just    destructive.    would it be worth it    to be seen                           for once?     

at whose     expense    would i flourish?    
i'm currently at an [online] writer's conference! this was an assignment to write a "self-portrait as" poem, inspired by Tiana Clark's "Self Portrait as Hannah Peace," and was something i had to write in under an hour. We looked at Clark's poem and studied, partially, where we felt it in our bodies, as well as how it took up space on the page. i decided to write a poem that both takes up space on the page/screen and studies how different bodies take up different spaces. it'll probably format weird, so i might repost with an image file if i can figure out how to do that. enjoy!


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  • rainandsonder

    oh wow i love this piece, and the formatting is so creative! those last few lines hit especially hard, but really every line of this is so powerful. i think that noticing how much space people take up, or rather who the kinds of people are that feel comfortable to take up a lot of space and who the kinds of people are that never do, it's something that can't be un-noticed, and this poem expresses that so so well.

    12 months ago
  • inanutshell

    a stunning self-portrait and the use of the formatting to take up space is so creative. love this

    12 months ago
  • sunny.v

    i quite literally cannot express how much i adore this. wow.

    12 months ago
  • a rose

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful

    12 months ago
  • poetri

    i ADORE this, literally took my breath away.

    12 months ago