Lodestar Quarterly

Lodestar Quarterly
Figure reaching for a star Issue 4 • Winter 2002 • Featured Lodestar Writer • Poetry

Femme to Butch

Jewelle Gomez

I lean forward,
thirst a scent on our breath.
I stain your shirt red
with promises kept.
And make a space
inside for you.

Jewelle Gomez

Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories. Her publications include three collections of poetry: The Lipstick Papers and Flamingoes and Bears, both self-published, and most recently, Oral Tradition. She edited with Eric Garber a fantasy fiction anthology entitled Swords of the Rainbow and selected the fiction for Best Lesbian Erotica 1997. She is also the author a book of personal and political essays, entitled Forty-Three Septembers, and a collection of short fiction, Don't Explain. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two California Arts Council fellowships. Her adaptation of the book for the stage -- Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story -- was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in thirteen U.S. cities.

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