Monthly Archives: March 2016

MY TDOV POST

In August 1979, when I definitively transitioned, I made a decision to be entirely open about being trans. This was not particularly about being virtuous – I reasoned that at 6 ft 4 I was always liable to be read … Continue reading

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And a poem prompted by knowing I was going to see REBEL DYKES OF THE 1980s a few hours later

BELLTIME Belltime black spark.Joints passed on iron stair Red smear kiss quick in mirror broken glass Love sudden random hand deep on your arse Splashed stale smoke lager sweat in short blonde hair Mandala painted leather. Broken zips Open to … Continue reading

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A sort of meditation on talent, and genius, and self-assurance. Prompted by Mapplethorpe

Fame spurs magnetic gravity dark pull Scorpion whip stings poison gets us high. Goal glimpsed revolves in mineshaft or the sky Strings nerve to Braggart knowing never fool. You know them when you see them. Glitter dust Features in eyes … Continue reading

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I’ve started going to BFI FLARE and there will be reports, but not yet. In the meantime…

ON VIEWING ‘MAPPLETHORPE’ at BFI FLARE When we cry for the dead, it is ourselves We cry for. Images in black and white Flicker through tears. Sharp bone pale In the night Across the years. His memory on shelves Refrigerated … Continue reading

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