My gender, in three parts


velvet survivor

gnarled anchor root

sinking thirsty deep

tender fertile filaments

dredging the wind

rose pink red petals

spicing the sweetness

thorns for self-care

schooling the greedy

medicine of aging

made beauty, wisdom

climbing the sky

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piles of potatoes

sheen of butter like joy

and generosity

gentle precise knife

hand slicing fair

tongue smart and

gut wise, black truffle

green confetti of sage

rosemary, savory

a benediction

of breakfast, a

miracle of dinner

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black leather boot stride

fishnets sing, torn, snug

against meaty thighs

leopard print cleavage

temple doors swung wide

sharp toothed smiling

brow arched steady

eye contact you will

flinch first and not

be sorry, even when

sorrowful or sore

truths spoken here


Sossity Chiricuzio is a queer femme outlaw poet, a working class crip storyteller. What her friends parents often referred to as a bad influence, and possibly still do. A 2015 Lambda Fellow, she writes as activism, connection, and survival, and is found in places like Adrienne, Argot, Crab Fat, Gertrude, and Lunch Ticket.