“IT”: A Poem Confronting Trans-Hate

This is poet Kavindu “Kavi” Ade from Philly performing a spoken-word piece called “IT” at the Brave New Voices 2010.

The poem deals with gender identity and anti-trans hate (trigger warning!), hospital and watching Ade perform is an intense, emotional experience.

Amazing line: “they wanna paint you the color of smashed hymens.” Holy shit.

[via DarkSKIN]

6 Responses to ““IT”: A Poem Confronting Trans-Hate”

  1. Meredith Yayanos Says:

    That was gut-punchingly incredible. Thanks for sharing it, Nadya.

  2. Darmin Says:

    Thank you, Nadya. I wouldn’t have heard this otherwise.

  3. marandaelizabeth Says:

    That was an incredible poem. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Io Says:

    I have harbored a love for spoken word poetry, ever since I saw a guy @ my old college who had been featured on Def Poetry. I was mesmerized at how witty, quick, and evocative it was. It’s an art form that doesn’t get nearly enough play, probably (in-part) because it’s seen as belonging to African American culture, and thus is marginalized by default.

  5. Demon Lily Says:

    That was gob smacking amazing… thank you, Nadya, a million thank you’s.

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