Blank To Blank

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I was eight years old when I saw this girl down at the mall. A belly shirt with “Hole” and this eye makeup thick like it came from a Sharpie. I took a look at her and thought, I’d like to be a girl too. I’ve got no like for Courtney Love, but that moment was a revelation. I think a lot about these sprouts of my present self, and hope I’m more coherent each passing day. Queerness is a project where I’m quaking at history and wondering what my old self will say. I’ve told my friends most of my secrets and there’s nothing to hide. I’ve come out as G, B, and T, and maybe an L in the future. I’m the same old me, despite some changes - same friends, favorite songs. I think I’m doing fine but in the present place and time I rarely think I’m wrong. I get this Proustian vibe when I hear “Father Figure” out of tinny speakers. I’m three years old again at Harundale Mall with my mother. George Michael all around me as I take in the sights. Suburban collapse in the ever-dim lights. Am I a blank slate or a little queer you read as the other? I think a lot about these sprouts of my present self, and hope I’m more coherent each passing day. Queerness is a project where I’m quaking at history and wondering what my old self will say.

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from The Miracle Question, released December 16, 2014

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Southern Problems is a band of friends from Washington, DC, formed in 2010.

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