Jamie Mortara

ADVICE: FOR DATING A GAY MAN WHILE TRANSGENDER

after Toaster

 

ADVICE:

 

do not tell him

you are a girl

he does not want

a girl

he wants a boy

i mean

a man

he wants a man who

shaves himself soft and smooth

like a girl

i mean

a little boy

i mean a man who

as a little boy

was bullied in school

for being

too

girl

i mean gay

i mean twink

i mean man

he wants everyone to know you are a man

he will remind you in case you forget

because

he

loves

men

he does not

love

girls

the way he grabs a woman’s tits at the bar

it’s a joke

it’s funny

it’s ironic

it’s safe because

he does not want a girl

he wants

a man

and he’ll call a woman

girl

and he’ll call a man

girl

hell

he’ll even call you girl

just

don’t

be

A girl

he does

not

want

a girl

sure you can try Girl on

like a dress

as long as it’s

on stage

in make-up

a crowd

cheering and hollering

at the joke see

it’s funny see

it’s ironic

how Girl

and Not-Girl

you can be

he does not want a girl

he wants

a body

i mean

a boy

i mean

a man

a man who’s

body

is shaped like a boy

one that is soft

and tender

and easy to chew into

 

like a girl

 

 

 

 

jamie mortara is a queer poet, performer, publisher, organizer, and artist currently based in Portland, OR. They grew up in New Jersey and have learned to stop apologizing for it. Jamie is author of the poetry collection “some planet” (YesYes Books) and the interactive fiction collection “small creatures / wide field” (tNY Press). Three of their DIY zines are indie bestsellers and the others are likely scattered to the winds somewhere. Jamie is founder of the audio poetry magazine Voicemail Poems, a National Poetry Slam competitor, and host of Slamlandia. jamie holds an MFA from UNCW, is a proud Capricorn, and sells handwritten tarot readings through the mail. More about jamie can be found at jamiemortara.com.