Invert theory grew from exploring
hermaphrodites’ bodies, dead and alive.
Finding a ‘true sex’, not a spectrum,
was the sexologists’ grail,
those who couldn’t live
in their findings, jailed or ostracised.
were placed in asylums alongside
those who had no trace of
biological bothness, people living
by their own self-knowledge.
Victorian asylums enforced
gendered clothing, re-education.
Guards with flaming swords stood at gates.
One soul, asylumed as a man,
wrote to Carl Westphal.
The letter self-combusted in Carl’s hands.
Freud later thought that invert males
were deviants caused by
arrested development, and invert females
or narcissists when loving women.
Not much has changed:
deviant, freak, liar, con. Though
documentaries now get screened
pre-watershed - not evil any more,
Here we are then,
stunt-men and -women
Watch us stumble, lift our arms
like flaming swords.
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