by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Howard Scott (Translator)

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In Bodymap, Lambda Award-winner Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha sings a queer disabled femme-of-colour love song filled with hard femme poetics and disability justice. The first book of the author to examine disability from a queer femme-of-colour lens, Bodymap contains work created and performed with Sins Invalid. Bodymap maps hard and vulnerable terrains of queer desire, survivorhood, transformative love, sick and disabled queer genius and all the homes we claim and deserve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927494509
Publisher: Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Publication date: 03/20/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 714,356
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Winner of the 2012 Lambda Literary Award, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, teacher and performer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan, Roma and Irish ascent. The author of Bodymap, Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and the co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, her writing has been widely anthologized. She is the co-founder of the queer people of color arts incubator Mangos With Chili, a lead artist with Sins Invalid and co-founder of Toronto's Asian Arts Freedom School. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press? 40 Feminists Under 40 Shaping the Future. Her first memoir, Dirty River, is forthcoming from Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2015.

Table of Contents

i. somewhere to run to diaspora 2
my city is a hard femme 3
ii. evidence bodymap 6
because sometimes, if you fuck me good, I will write you a poem 8
spoil me 9
a million dollars 11
every time I see you I think what the hell was I thinking? 13
evidence: anti-capitalist love poem 2012 15
love is resistance 16
good girl glosa 18
mulberries 20
iii. crip world crip non haiku 22
love you like a 7 am healthy San Francisco free MRI 23
everyone thinks you're so lazy. don't let them 24
ode: crip cars 25
crip sex moments 1-10 26
dirty river girl 29
crip sex moments:
1. Cancel 35
2. Melanin night sky full of stars 37
3. Couch flirting 39
this is what I know about crazy 41
where I would find you 47
RSI 48
iv. hard girls etymology of tough girl heart #2 50
I love hard girls 52
hussyflower 54
mash note 55
enough 56
because every brown girl needs/ where you find homegirl medicine 59
I will take care of you forever 63
v. wrong is not yours insh'allah 66
wrong is not yours 68
airport ode #1 70
what it's like to be sri lankan in 2012 for those of you who aren't 72
how it happens 74
maestra teacher: a rebel teacher manifesta song in many parts. 75
the toronto ode suite:
1. Dear Toronto: this, a love letter to you 78
2 TSA: we search bags randomly for the protection of the nation.
today, yours was chosen 80
3. the immigrant suburbs 82
vi. what kind of ancestor do you want to be?
My Father, Christmas 1991, As I Come Down the Stairs in Ripped
Jeans and That Jane's Addiction T-Shirt With All the Naked People on It 84
when people ask me the last time i saw my mother 87
what kind of ancestor do you want to be? 88
sternum 91
what do you have?/ amulet 92
you know I'm gonna 94
nice brown parents 95
the day I decided to have you 96
the worst thing in the world 97

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