Title (as given to the record by the creator): Movement
Date(s) of creation: June, 2005
Creator / author / publisher: Susan Stinson, Size Queen
Physical description: one page, waves of light blue with black text and a black and white drawing.
Reference #: SizeQueen-16-Movement
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For Lynne Gerber
By Susan Stinson
That I am fat brought
me to these wooden steps
by the river
I come down turned
to keep weight
off one ankle
This twists my knee.
A poet I follow
said pain in the body
is not the same as
pain in the streets
It’s fifteen years since I left
my job at noon to listen
to her across another river
I loved her language already
then for its pressures
She seemed to ask
that I inhabit my politics
that I let a lesbian mind in me
sweat and stagger at least half awake
through my desires
but that afternoon
she turned our attention to pain.
Now a heron turns and settles on the bank
and i am away
from a hotel full of other fat people
who might force me into the courage
to press my low breasts
against the air as if it were glass
to say we need our pleasures
but cannot be consumed.
[image: a pen drawing, heavily shaded with crosshatch marks, of a chubby mer person with spiky hair, wearing a t-shirt and pendant around their neck. Their body and tail are intricately patterned. One hand is in the pocket of their mer-skirt. In the other hand they’re holding a small pennant on s stick, which contains an image of a person with their mouth open, as if singing or shouting. Drawing by Olivia E.]
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