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Dressing Down

By Kamilah Aisha Moon

   -- to Shirley Q. Liquor, Drag Queen in Blackface


When you're gay in Dixie,

you're a clown of a desperate circus.


Sometimes the only way to be like daddy

is to hate like him--

hope your brothers laugh

instead of shoot,

wrap a confederate skirt around your waist.


You traded glamour for nasty tricks--

dethroning your mammy's image for dollars

that will never cover so much debt,

unraveling years she lost

loving you for a living.

Added: Monday, July 14, 2014  /  Used with permission.
Kamilah Aisha Moon
Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Kamilah Aisha Moon's work has been featured in Harvard Review, jubilat, The Awl, and Poem-A-Day for the Academy of American Poets. She has been selected as a New American Poet presented by the Poetry Society of America, a Pushcart Prize winner and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. A native of Nashville, TN, Moon is the author of She Has a Name (Four Way Books) and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

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