"Boy, Found": trans pamphlet of erasure poetry

jesse smith
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Locked down in an unsupportive household, a closeted trans masc reads himself a voice from the only queer poetry he can currently have to hand: Ocean Vuong's "Night Sky with Exit Wounds" (UK, Cape Poetry, 2017).

This pamphlet contains erasures from 13 of Vuong's poems, amounting to 13 brief trans closeted poems.

content warnings: allusions to gender dysphoria, bodily discomfort, misgendering, being closeted, unsupportive/queerphobic family, abusive family: verbal violence, metaphors of physical and weaponised violence

note: As many of Vuong's poems (and other writings) explore Asian-American and immigrant experience, those particular poems have not been 'erasured' for a white writer's purposes.

copyright: All original poems belong to Ocean Vuong; I make no claim to them. Therefore, this work is not monetised (though donations can't be turned off).

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A PDF of all 39 pages (title page, notes, 27 pages of erasure poetry, and 10 blank pages accounting for missing poems). This document includes appropriate colour contrast (besides the erasured parts) and headings for each poem. Each of Vuong's poems utilised in the work is cited in the Notes.

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