Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a Toronto-based writer and activist.
Much of both her writing and activist work focuses on the struggles of LGBTQ people, particularly queer and trans people of colour.
This piece explores both gender and sexual identities, and their intersection with identities of place (particularly, in this case, urban space). The poem itself is “hard”, with the alliterations (“guts of the girl gang”) landing like little punches. It’s a poem of collision and contrast, of “broken things” which are still “lovely”, in spite of (or because of?) their “brokenness”.