"It happened exactly as the poem says. I was delighted by what for most people would have been an awkward consumer interaction, because a stranger had seen me in a literally unflattering light, and heard my voice, and still saw me as a woman. For binary trans people like me, that's huge. Our sense of self-worth and well-being can depend on whether the people around us reinforce, or deny, our inner sense of who we are. As for the lines, they're vaguely Anglo-Saxon, with midline breaks. I think I learned to do that sort of thing (if I did learn it) from Forrest Gander, though there are other examples, among them Carter Revard!" —Stephanie Burt
Stephanie Burt is the author of several books, including Advice from the Lights (Graywolf, 2017). She is a professor of English at Harvard University and lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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