They Recover Through Words Alone
Mornings begin with a tired phrase about ‘your kind’
heading for extinction, but not today
Not when you’ve leased the MGM jet
and filled the cabin with clouds of smoked crack
Becoming an icon was a series of omissions
in which more and more was rejected
so that more and more could be bequeathed
Selections from A Trans Guide to Humanity
A stopped watch is right twice a day.
You are an undifferentiated mass of low-value digital attention.
Vacuum your car, for real.
It’s better to want what you can’t have, than to have what you don’t want.
This thing of ours is predicated on refusal.
Bake under ultraviolet light from a young star.
The Chairman is said to pity the abstinent.
When they wake up, it’s the best they’re gonna feel all day.
I want you to love your eyebrows
And get into Heaven
Before the devil knows
The Promised Land
Jade Schapiro is the author of Princess Lessons (EMP Books, 2023). She lives in Western Massachusetts, and is a former librarian and current counselor and social work student. She is a queer mom with a variety of dangerous and/or expensive interests.