The sound she makes when they take her wings, the tears of an angel

late May 1983

It is like the devil’s claw in me

Struck-bug on a pin-board

Gaping in paralytic silence

The space between long moments

Life, tearing in half, tearing away

Blind, divine school boys

Plucking her wings away from-

Here the sky goes on for years

Agog and agape, tremors that

rock this wooly wooden frame

quickly wings beating

faster pleading please

‘do not do this thing to me’


The Maenad (She/Hers) Transgender Goddess, an activist, artist, poet, publisher, sex worker, and author of creative non-fiction, erotica, fantasy, and science fiction.

Her work has appeared @corporealitmag @engendered @gutslutpress @fahmidanjournal @redplanetmag @wickedgayways @365tomorrows, within the Gongfarmer’s Almanac and on Madwomen in the Attic.

Her first chapbook, a work of trans erotic liberation, the Ishtar Cycle, is available from @lupercaliapress

Find her @dreaminggynoid on Twitter and @scarlet_maenadum on IG

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