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She tells me the trouble
is that I’m not /gay/ enough, and
(as her nose tips upward
and her legs fold together) that my nails
need to be filed.

I tell her the trouble
is that I’m not /gay/ at all,
and that the space the table makes
between us
is slightly greater than arm’s length.

— Zee Altherr

Much of Zee Altherr’s writing draws upon Altherr’s experiences as a queer-identifying individual, and attempts to put readers into complicated spaces, challenging us to contemplate the structures of gender and sexuality in today’s society. Altherr lives in the South Hills. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on 90.5 FM.




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