Elenia Graf is a Manchester-based poet whose work grapples with the resurfacing of the traumatised self, navigating lesbian identity, and always wanting more (but never saying it). She was born and raised in southern Germany and now spends most of her days trying to be a person, or a writer, or a formless cloud of black smoke. Elenia recently released her first zine titled 'inside me sleeps fury' and is currently working on a collection about dykehood and gendered experience.
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The poems in this portfolio come from either one of two places: some visit the intersections of lesbian identity and intimacy; others are steeped in the fear of having to live with everything that’s held inside the body.
i won't cut the sick out of me. i'll coax it out delicately.
once, a doctor cradled an infant covered in blood
while unbinding its rope of nurture.
let me repeat what took place that morning
with my own two hands.
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