Daphne DiFazio

Daphne DiFazio

Against Horsexe: An Essay On Transsexuality

Do you know how much electrolysis costs? 
I wasted a whole state of myself trying to save.
My first face. The series of claims at stake 

when trans women speak of the hours 
spent pulling redness to our cheeks—
the liquid force of grief. Life after life 

after failing to bridge future and past.
That the claims barely wear, outlasting
the gated secrets I’ve kept in genesis—

just to watch angels die with their language:
portraits loded by heavy exhale. My next 
face. The future beaten to impossible shapes.

DAPHNE DIFAZIO is a poet, performer, and recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was an OMAI–First Wave scholar. More about her and her work can be found at daphnedifazio.com