This artwork is on display at rile*, 62 Rue des Commerçants,1000 Brussels

3 Poems

These poems uplift the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. “Where the quiet queers are” is written in conversation with Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette” — it’s a celebration of being quietly queer, in our own small ways. “Dayenu”, the Hebrew word for “it would have been enough,” is a poem that fights against the imposter syndrome of not feeling queer enough. “How it feels” is an ode to my first love and breakup. I hope these poems resonate with you. Thank you for your consideration.

About the artist

Marlena Chertock

Washington, DC, USA

Marlena Chertock has 2 books of poetry and uses her skeletal dysplasia as a bridge to scientific poetry. She is queer, disabled, and Co-Chairs OutWrite, Washington, D.C.'s LGBTQ literary festival.
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