On the Need to Re-establish Sovereignty Over My Own Heart by Trina Porte


“On the Need to Re-establish Sovereignty Over My Own Heart” by Trina Porte


because the city machines hum even if they do not sing

because the heart is actually made of muscle

because the silver in my hair will one day be spent

because the sun will rise on the day i am no longer married

just as it will each day after



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Trina Porte’s writing has been published in Edgewise, Evergreen Chronicles, Dust &
Fire, RATH, Photography Quarterly, I Love You Greene, Zephyrs, Perfect 8,
Chronogram, Rain and Thunder, and the anthologies A Slant of Light, Nickel Empire,
lifeblood, gatherings, and Just Like A Girl. She loved reading at Cornelia Street Café,
BAAD, Brecht Forum, Makor, and Bluestockings in New York, Patrick’s Cabaret, Blue
Moon, Intermedia Arts, Vulva Riot, and Dyke Night in Minneapolis, and The Haunted
Bookshop in Iowa City. Favorite public library readings include New Lebanon,
Stephentown, and Woodstock NY, and Minneapolis MN. Her work is archived in the
collections of Booklyn, Poets House, and the Minnesota Historical Society. In being a
lesbian feminist activist, she is privileged and proud to have known Andrea Dworkin,
and to work toward ending racism, anti-semitism, and violence against women while
building compassionate community. She lives in Minneapolis, and makes a fine genoise.

Author: A Room of Her Own

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