a threat

by helen bowie

This is a “found poem” created through erasure. I have used a source text relevant to the topic of the poem, and then blacked out words to create a new message from what is left behind. The use of erasure felt fitting, emphasising the juxtaposition between the source material and the message of the poem, as well as highlighting how official narratives erase the reality of so many people’s experiences.

“A Threat” draws on the homepage of the LGB Alliance,1 a group based in the United Kingdom (UK) that actively campaigns against trans rights. The group has gained a large platform in the UK press despite a great deal of pushback from within the LGBT+ community. The vast majority of the community stand together in solidarity and do not feel that a trans exclusionary organisation speaks for them. This growing platform feeds into an already particularly hostile environment for trans people in the UK.


¹ Text taken from the “About” page of the LGB alliance,

Helen Bowie is a writer, performer, and charity worker based in London, England. Her work has been featured in Queerlings, Beir Bua Journal and Dwelling Literary, among others. Helen has one cat and several bafflingly strong opinions about extremely trivial matters, and some even stronger opinions about less trivial matters, including bodies and politics.