LADY * QUEEN * DOLL * WOMAN
Using these words
not to belittle women
not to mock them.
Not to speak about women at all;
to speak of ourselves.
Unnamed regions -
rose-pink and rust-fire --
beyond the stern
and arrogant borders of manhood.
A shortage of terms, perhaps.
in the vice of opposites, of only
two, so that what is not
man in us
we call woman.
From "Woman on Fire" by Aaron Shurin.
I found this amazing poem that explores gender expression on page 85 of the mind-blowing "Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds" by Judy Grahn.
What are some of your favorite Transgender and Gender Expression poems that we can celebrate?