FEMMES GODDMAN WELL KNOW HOW TO STRAP IT ON,
CHANGE THE OIL IN THE CAR, AND PUT UP SHELVES.
WE CAN DO ANY GODDAMN THING WE WANT!
THAT’S WHY WE’RE FEMME SHARKS!
FEMME IS NOT THE SAME THING AS BEING OUR MOMS
FEMMES ARE BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG WHEN WE BOTTOM
AND WE’RE HOT AS HELL WHEN WE TOP.
OUR BOTTOMING AND TOPPING ARE BOTH GIFTS TO BE MET
WHEN WE TAKE OUR LOVERS’ FISTS ALL THE WAY INSIDE,
ASK FOR WHAT WE WANT,
BE THE BEST DIRTY GIRL
OR MAKE OUR LOVERS SLIP,
WE’RE A FUCKING MIRACLE.
IN THE WORDS OF JILL SCOTT, “YOU GOTTA DO RIGHT BY ME,
IT’S MANDATORY, BABY.
FEMME SHARK MANIFESTO!” by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman (reviewed at The Lesbrary).
The Queer Voices Contest is for a full-length (48-80 pp.) collection of poems by a queer-identified woman writing in the English language. We accept submissions electronically from now through February 1st, 2014. The winner will be chosen by Dawn Lundy Martin, and receive a $1000 honorarium in addition to publication.