The un(h)armed wo(man) is transgender is flower
is fetus steeped in bio-diversity of vulnerable depths
of mother no less science-based than the best
evidence of capacity for love bestowing un-
conditional dignity on all our American entitlement
of standards and wishes
Tina Cane is the founder/director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI and serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is also the author of Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books) and Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante.
Inspiration: I am writing a cycle of short poems called The Un(h)armed Man which explore human nature, culture and human responses to culture. After I wrote this poem using the banned words, I realized that some of these words actually form the heart of the cycle’s concerns.