Exposing Myself in Public

Exposing Myself in Public is the latest collection of poems from Vanessa de Sade.

Detailing the difficulties of a bisexual woman married to a man, the poems included are soft and a little bit heartbreaking. Part of the poignancy comes from the details; the isolated village the couple live in, the two daughters they’re raising, the disapproving mother- in-law… the narrative voice is of a woman conflicted – on the one hand loving her husband and family, and on the other reminiscing about a former life of “dyke bars and ginger cats”. Although nothing is resolved, the poems offer both an apology for and a defense of bisexuality – acknowledging with candor how past relationships inform current ones and how fear of homophobic retribution doesn’t end for former lesbians when a man slips a wedding ring on their finger.

Words: Ana Hine

The collection can be purchased online from £7.49 at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Exposing-Myself-Public-Vanessa-Sade/dp/1986623173


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