Author(s): Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Poetry. Women's Studies. LGBT Studies. Asian American Studies. BODYMAP continues Leah's meditation on survival and what it means to be a queer woman of colour in North America, while also striving to document small moments of the body's resistance, and legacy. BODYMAP is divided into five sections. Evidence opens with poems that document transformative love and desire through a queer partnership's evolution and dissolution. Crip World contains poems exploring sick and disabled queer experience through body stories. Hard Girls is a mapping of tough femininity in the bodies of the poet's lovers and comrades. Wrong Is Not Yours contains the political, from the struggles of friends crossing the border to the choice made in claiming a Sri Lankan name. The final section, What kind of ancestor do you want to be?, explores ancestry and queer parenting.