Tender Data by Monica Mcclure
Tender Data by Monica Mcclure
Tender Data by Monica Mcclure

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In TENDER DATA Monica McClure breaks down and breaks into various identities, each of her poems hashtagged in the discourses of their time and place, whether macha or chiflada, couture or fast fashion, acephale or technocrat: "I want to be so skinny people ask if I'm dying." Down the blood-red lanes of gender-making, class warfare, and vexed relationships goes the unstable subject, hailed yet hailing back. Nobody comes out looking good. The slippery self, surveilled yet ready with her mask, performs a peep show--booth opens wide, yet somehow the dancer isn't there. She's in character. She's "cut off the head to let the humors hose through." — Girls by Monica Mcclure I've always lacked volition I could never choose one over another I'm self-taught at being liked so I don't have to choose who to like There's so much affection in me to give to the person I pity the most A woman told me once that she'd always been intact Her femininity was a perfect seashell wearing red cowgirl boots and dragging a feather boa on the ground I'm skeptical but not altogether ruling it out I can't read the signs fast enough so I don't drive my own car When I'm with a man I feel like a gay man When I'm with a woman I feel like a gay man who is into women And I only feel truly fabulous in the presence of someone less girly This is my romance with gender I play it with semiotic excess in long seasons I silent act and forget sometimes to come out


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