Alternate Names for Disabled People
After Danez Smith's "Alternate Names for Black Boys"
We don’t need alternate names. We don’t need your slurs or your sugary sweet. Call us disabled.
-Frida Kahlo -Franz Kafka -Steven Hawking
a body written in the third person
a person written in a misspelled body
an innovator, how i do up my clothes
till i break
and i will break
one thousand nine hundred ninety nine dollars and ninety nine cents
what the gun was aiming for
also known as pins and needles
but at least you’re not as bad as them, right?
a DO NOT ENTER sign
a suicide note
a question mark
Aimee Lowenstern is a nineteen year old writer living in Nevada. She writes poetry and fiction, and is a winner of the Scholastic American Voices award. Aimee has cerebral palsy and is a big fan of glitter.