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Magical Faggots

New work by the amazing Gina Badger…

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A bundle of sticks, twigs, or small branches bound together,
For use as fuel,
With special reference to the burning of heretics alive, esp. in the phrase fire and faggot,
The embroidered figure of the faggot, which heretics who had recanted were obliged to wear on their sleeve,
A term of abuse or contempt applied to a woman,
A (male) homosexual,
A bundle of sticks, twigs, or small branches bound together, [1]

Over the past months, I’ve been feeling a formal attraction to the little bundles of sticks that city folks put out on their curbs in the fall, especially the prunings from birches, rose family plants like apple and cherry, and other important medicinal trees. Running parallel to this formalist crush on the bundles, I have a linguistic attraction to a queer reclaiming of the homophobic slur. A little bit of etymological research yields that centuries before the…

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