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Congratulations to Valerie Wetlaufer on winning Gertrude Press’s 2010 Chapbook competition with her Bad Wife Spankings!

You can sample her awesome verse in Drunken Boat #12: Make You Feel My Love.

Valerie also has some prose coming up in our summer issue’s Slant/Sex part 2. Here’s an extract:

Every month I chart how the moon waxes and wanes. The tip of a fingernail dug into the sky could tarnish sanity, change reflections, freeze my blood.

To look at me, you wouldn’t know I was broken.

I slipped from the womb malformed. The doctor tried to repair my fragile tendons, unsuccessfully. My limbs limp and torn. My ankles spayed, detached and strange.

An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which she lives.

Hiking up the mountain, you wanted me to join you. You do not believe what is invisible to the eye. You see all failures as flaws. Many misread correlation as causality.

Don’t forget that we’ve extended the call for prose, art, and multimedia addressing female/trans sexuality to May 15th. Make us feel your love!

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Published May 11, 2011 - Comments Off

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