levitate me, lover

by Rae White

for R.

it takes two trans people        to sext        without naming

to touch        every inch        without measuring

to say wet and slick        without saying        how

to say come and for me        without saying        with what


to say spoon me         like our bodies fit        perfectly because

the purpose        of your spine        is for curving yourself

against me


to say push         your fingerprints         against my hand         

like palmistry        please        clasp my knuckles         

like we’re praying        because goddamn        if this

isn’t holy


to say fill me up        fill the space beside me on top beneath me

with your softness        your warm dewy        lawn-scented skin

I want to fill you        put my fingers        in your mouth

spit-soaked        writhing        look into your eyes

while I fuck you


fuck you        body against hungry        body because

we’re all just skin        against sea salt sweat        against itching skin

against the world

just typing        texting        touching        and conjuring revolution

in our beds


About the author

Rae White is a non-binary transgender poet, writer and zinester living in Brisbane. Their poetry collection Milk Teeth (University of Queensland Press) won the 2017 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Rae’s poem ‘what even r u?’ placed second in the 2017 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. They are the editor of #EnbyLife, a journal for non-binary and gender diverse creatives.

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