A WOMAN WALKS DOWN THE STREET: Poems by Abbie Normal
A BENT PUBLICATION:
“Normal’s poems move in perfect circles as if on the body – ear to ear – eye to eye – one end of the throat to the other… an exquisite act of return.” —Corinne Rosethorn, Mythical Beast/Ether Island
You will find pain and fear in these poems. You will find punk rock, middle-finger-waving bravado followed by moments of searing vulnerability in these poems. Here is the story of a woman discovering, accepting, and fighting for self, cutting ties with the past when necessary, but always with at least a quiet thanks. Then there are the soft, breaking bubbles of romantic bliss. In A Woman Walks Down the Street, Abbie Normal’s words scream loud and long. Hers is another voice strong amongst the new trans narrative.
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AT THE GATES AGAIN, PLEADING
We talk about the Goddess and Mary Magdalene and Quakers and Dorothy Day and Audre Lorde and how Zami saved my life in high school and everything else under the sun except my gender and she doesn’t believe a trans woman can be butch and I try to convince her and I give my cisgender heroines as examples and I explain explain explain to deaf ears and she’s a brilliant woman who knows so much and why doesn’t she see me and she knows of books and learning and workshops and gender studies classes and women’s cultural critiques so why doesn’t she SEE ME.
(But it’s not until I put on a wig foundation a pastel tank top and ride my bike through the neighborhood looking like a rock star from 1987 showing up at her office door gaudy and awkward) that she utters those magical words:
"Do you want me to write you a hormone letter?"
--Abbie Normal in A Woman Walks Down the Street: Poems