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Hustling verse : an anthology of sex workers' poetry / edited by Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme.


"In this trailblazing anthology, more than fifty self-identified sex workers from all walks of the industry (survival and trade, past and present) explore their lived experience through the expressive nuance and beauty of poetry. In a variety of forms ranging from lyrics to list poems to found poetry to hybrid works, these authors express themselves with the complexity, agency, and honesty that sex workers are rarely afforded. Contributors from Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia include Gregory Scofield, Tracy Quan, Summer Wright, and Akira the Hustler. As an antidote to the invasive and often biased media depictions of sex workers, Hustling Verse is a fiercely groundbreaking exploration of intimacy, transactional sex, identity, healing, and resilience. Includes a foreword by Mercedes Eng, whose poetry book Prison Industrial Complex Explodes (Talonbooks) won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2018."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781551527819
  • ISBN: 1551527812
  • Physical Description: 211 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Formatted Contents Note:
Foreword / Mercedes Eng -- Every time a sex worker is written about in an institutional form, a poem dies / Amber Dawn -- Musings on self-representation / Justin Ducharme -- dream boy / Gregory Scofield -- Lost fingers / Alex Butler -- Cynicism / Lester Mayers -- A memory I need to talk about / aomi Sayers -- What stigmatizes you makes you stronger; Can't be discovered / Christina V. -- When I crossed the border / Alili -- You especially / Pluma Sumaq -- A celebration of darkness / Jaene F. Castrillon -- to my clients who tell me I look tired / Stickie Stackedhouse -- XXX; Love I; Maple Ridge; Lonely men / Cassandra Blanchard -- I made it / Sumter -- de.vour/di vaue; Half assed attempts at talking about it / Natalie House -- Her/Us / Moon Dance -- Going to Hell / Hysterika -- Gospel / Arabelle Raphael -- Noon prayers on rug-burned knees / X. Rae Alessandro -- this is not mythology / tzaz -- sleepytime tea; beatitudes / Kiran anthology foster -- Witch, always; Slippery, sticky, messy, gooey / Jasbina Justice -- Godzilla (2014); red / Jaye Simpson -- Excerpts from A Whore Diary / Akira the Hustler -- Happy belated birthday, whore; "Saw your old apartment, brought back some good memories for me." / Amber Dawn Pullin -- Three different streets / Juba Kalamka -- Ode to a hooker, without the usual vocabulary; Meat / Irene Wilder -- fifth floor walk-up; kind of like citrus; In a thing in a place where some stuff happened / Aimee Herman -- 3 strong pairs of hands / Strawberry -- A John's funeral / K. Sedgemore -- West end sex workers memorial / Raven Slander -- We are the girls who die unnoticed / Melodie Nelson -- A letter to my body / Miss Sugar Mamasota -- Collaboratively voiced by sacred / Sacred Collective -- Dear trauma / Audacia Ray -- Beloved boy / Milcah Halili -- Annoying HH / Daze Jefferies -- Playing; As to divide our speech exists / jan maudlin -- Revival at the pillow talk lounge / Garuda Love -- muchfuckdyke (horticulture); Countess (hospital ward) / Summer Wright -- Fantasy breakers / Rhanimalz -- Boat show; Study / Lorelei Lee -- Tlaking sexy / Lee-Anne Poole -- my life in public service / Mercedes Eng -- Sex work client / Kay Kassirer -- call back / Dallas -- aspartame baby / Sascha -- Industry / Lavender -- Triple F threat / Keva I Lee -- On & off the job; Novitiate / Tracy Quan -- Elegy for a sex worker activist / AK Saini -- Dollymop; First time / Allison Armstrong -- Cyborg dollhouse; ISO / courtney trouble -- Fucking for w33d / -- Clementine; Jack slut season; Buckets / Natasha Gornik -- Kelli Lox / Kelli Lox -- I love / Marcelle Nuke -- erik from the park; HIMN; Police brutality / Doug Upp -- The world's oldest love spell (a fairy tale) / Amber Dawn.
Additional Physical Form available Note:
Issued also in electronic format.
Subject: Prostitution > Poetry.
Sex workers > Poetry.
Poetry, Modern > 21st century.
Sex workers.
Genre: Poetry.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


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