Published on December 3rd, 2011 | by Wild Gender0
Queerdom & Poetics
Poet, teacher & activist Amy King on queerdom and poetics: The What Else of Queer Poetry
I do not write the feminine, masculine, gay, straight, boi, girl, rich, middle class, American, violent, complacent, homeless, absolute or otherwise. I write beyond the determinable, which is not the same as the indeterminate. Such frames, these houses, do not hold, do not truly shelter nor constrain, do not even do good work as metaphor for the storehouse of my body, my language as system. My queer poetry is tentative, mercurial. In writing, I am always aware that no one named is ultimately mine; they move beyond me, and then, after all, are also me despite the effort to shed everything, including you, my Other Self.