by Genelle Chaconas
The biggest thing about me has always been my voice too loud too brash too much for indoors too much for polite conversation for the shape of my body outspoken incorrect subversive and aggressive my size surprises those who have only heard me speak over the phone the biggest thing about me has always been my stride clumsy when done thoughtless a strut a purposeful charge down the concrete a swagger a the biggest thing about me is the space I demand I won’t be moved shifted or pushed to the side the biggest thing about me is my attitude the spit on the sidewalk square up your shoulder mouth off and wait for the consequences even a fight kind of talk. The smallest thing about me has always been my attitude the puerile snarls of doubt that ripple unheard under my thoughts the smallest thing about me has always been my stride the days spent pacing the helix of these rooms the smallest thing about me has always been my voice when and all the times I wouldn’t couldn’t or didn’t talk back to you when you told me shut it.
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Genelle Chaconas is genderfluid, queer, feminist; an abuse survivor; post graduate, post employed, and proud. They earned their MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in 2015. Their first chapbook is Fallout, Saints and Dirty Pictures (little m Press, 2011). Their work has been published or is forthcoming in Oddville Press, A3, Clade Song, Fjords, WomenArts, and more. They are a volunteer submission reader at Tule Review. They hosted Red Night Poetry.