Two Poems by Courtney Gambrell












The interior of anything

Factions of ova unite in the galaxy






Colonies of ants

Are feminine. The battlegrounds and

Factories maintained only by the Queen’s daughters

This femme place called, “Home”







This exterior womb place

Chambers of honeycomb

Mother’s quarters





Locus of Control 


This is not a feminist poem

But rather a metaphysical bearing of breasts


This is an apology to every slut-shamed girl victimized for responding to her biological lusts

And a eulogy to the males congratulated for their sexual awakening


To the girls who are taught to hide her desire beneath ankle-scraping skirts

This is a validation of the double standards enacted by religious institutions


This is a middle finger extended from a feminine hand

A phallic symbol, air-fucking gender roles


This is a coup d’état

Not a Suffragist movement






Courtney enjoys conveying her ideas and experiences through poetic verse. She often reads her work in Philadelphia, PA, where she endeavors to use poetry for self-awareness and advocacy. Her work is inherently feminine and seeks to address her long-standing questions about the meaning of womanhood in today’s society. Courtney is passionate about juxtaposing feminist and environmental themes. 

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