“New Girl” by Be Steadwell
New Girl by Be Steadwell, queer pop musician with an enticing voice, is a gorgeous song, reminding us that love can both break and heal us. “Yesterday I met a new girl/Take away a bit of blue girl” introduces this “rebound love story”; part clap back to an ex who done wrong and reminder of how resilient the heart is. Be’s lyrics sting “When you left it got so ugly/Now with her I feel so lucky/She don’t want to run around like you/All she want to do is fuck me.” This song is remarkable in its ability to spotlight complicated queer reflections, wherever we fall on the heartbreak spectrum. Ultimately, Be’s queer self-love affirmations, moving forward after a difficult breakup, offer hope: “I am ready/I deserve her/I am ready/I am worth her/I am ready/I won’t hurt her/Like you hurt me.”
JP Howard’s debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System), was a 2016 Lambda Literary finalist. She was a 2017 Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award finalist and is featured in the 2017 Lesbian Poet Trading Card Series (Headmistress Press). JP has received fellowships from Cave Canem, VONA, and Lambda. She curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon. JP’s poetry is widely anthologized. Visit JP online at http://www.jp-howard.com.
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