Excerpted from BRIDE
my hair will smell like every beautiful flower in history as the groomsmen pile into
it_all your expectations will pile into it_it, wrapping around itself in a police state
braid (PSB)_it's connected to my youth_it was there when I didn't feel like I could say
no_thousands of them, singing no in unison while I unfurled the flag of my
dispossession, of hopeless brown stuff woven.
today, it communicates that I am the one for whom the small bride on the cake is
for_that tonight, interesting things are happening to my hole_this celebration is
because I said yes_current record holder: world's shortest curse
Excerpted from BRIDE
n the world of this ceremony
moms stand above you
hovering in orbit
circling like miniature judges robes
brought to life by despair
they are giving you up
like white sugar
you make them pray to the whole Christ family
There's a long period of recuperation associated with becoming a girl.
First, you have to become able to identify gendered threat;
first, you have to be cum.
Being a girl presupposes being, an underreported internal inconsistency.
My aunt insists girls don't sweat, we glisten;
She hasn't been a girl in over a thousand years,
—neither of us have.
I'm losing my virginity to heavy machinery, again.
We don't know which way is up.
I'm looking up right now to double check,
more sure of anything than I've been in my entire life.
Prudence Gendron (she/they) is a Montreal-based writer, white settler, sometimes-radio personality, and total softie. Before transitioning, she played the guylaphone at the professional level for esteemed members of the state. Her work has appeared in the dreams of several New England magistrates, and for this she is being tried as a witch. When she’s not touring the country on her platform of equitable cruelty, you can find her at the queer bonfire, waxing romantic about dad music to a stump she’s drunkenly mistaking for an obliging crush.
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