Bodymap continues Leah's meditation on survival and what it means to be a queer woman of colour in North America, while also striving to document small moments of the body's resistance, and legacy. Bodymap is divided into five sections. Evidence opens with poems that document transformative love and desire through a queer partnership's evolution and dissolution. Crip World contains poems exploring sick and disabled queer experience through body stories. Hard Girls is a mapping of tough femininity in the bodies of the poet's lovers and comrades. Wrong Is Not Yours contains the political, from the struggles of friends crossing the border to the choice made in claiming a Sri Lankan name. What kind of ancestor do you want to be? The final section, explores ancestry and queer parenting.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a Worcester-raised, Toronto-matured, Oakland-based queer Sri Lankan writer, performer, and teacher. She is the co-founder and co-artistic directorof Mangos With Chili, North America's only touring cabaret of queer and trans people of colour performing artists. She is a commissioned performer with Sins Invalid, the nationalperformance organization of queer people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Her onewoman show, Grown Woman Show, has toured throughout North America. The author of Consensual Genocide, her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies. She writes regularly for Bitch, Colorlines, Hyphen, Left Turn and Make/Shift magazines. The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, which she co-edited with Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani, will be published by South End Press in March 2011. She is one of Feminist Press's 2010 "40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future" and a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee.
"These poems carry numerous bloodlines; ancestors, lovers, chosen survivor families and remembered lives. Sharp, yet remarkably compassionate, Piepzna-Samarasinha knows that the poem is no place for tidy inquiry and easy answers. She offers her own tenacious guts and veins on each and every page. Only someone who understands rage and reconciliation and blood and bone can write like this." - amber dawn, author, How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir
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