Joy Young – “The Dress Poem” (NPS 2013)



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35 thoughts on “Joy Young – “The Dress Poem” (NPS 2013)

  • August 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    Holy shit I am a meme ass motherfucker when they said peel back the layers, I thought about onions…thus, Shrek. Anyways this poem is literally my life

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  • August 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    "I'm staring at your silhouette because I'm scared to look you in the eyes I'm scared you'll see I'm startled by the sight of you…" damn

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  • August 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    This was the very first poem i heart about love between girls. This was one of the things that help me came out of the closet and im so glad to be abel to come back and see this agian.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    This poem is literally all the feelings I have towards this subject. For example, when I tell people I like feminine girls, they instantly think that I want to be "the guy" in the relationship. It's so hard to explain to these people that I've been around masculinity all my life. My dad and my brother Chris were the ones I'd hang out with. When Chris would have his friends over to play video games I'd sit on the couch and just watch them. I went fishing with them, camping, I went to reptile shows and knife shows with them because as a kid, that's what was always in my presence. I wear "guys clothes" not only because I like them better, but because I'm built more masculine (literally, I cannot wear girls clothes to save my life). People see the way I talk, act and dress and instantly give me the "guy in the relationship" figure. I'm still a girl, I just like more feminine girls because it's different.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    I have a playlist (it's on private sorry I can't risk it) called bi. This is the very first poem I've ever put there that isn't directly validating it. This just shows love. We're still love.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    when something makes you want to write again. in the middle of the night, when even the birds will chirp you otherwise. you know its good.

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  • August 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    Still come back to this poem everyday… Its written so amazing, I wish I had even a little piece of the talent they has. 🙂

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  • August 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    I love this poem so much, they are so talented and I can't stop listening to this poem over and over again. It makes me think of my girlfriend somehow haha. Anyways, Joy thank you for making this so amazing poem 🙂

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  • August 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    My crush told me this is her favourite poem. How do I tell her that it perfectly describes how I feel about her?

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  • August 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    This poem helped me realize I was bisexual. anyways been a fav.. <3 Also sent it to my beautiful ex girlfriend when we were together..

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