VALLUM CHAPBOOK AWARD 2022 FINALIST | Elena Bently | taliped

excerpt from taliped

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“I am a taliped, which is the name for a person born with clubfoot. I have composed a long, erasure poem that attempts to locate my individual lived experience of disability within a larger shared experience of disability using Randolph Bourne’s essay, originally titled “The Handicapped—By One of Them” and first published anonymously in 1911 in The Atlantic Monthly, as my source text.” – Bentley





Elena Bentley (she/her) is a disabled, bi, and Métis/settler emerging poet, editor, and book reviewer from Saskatchewan. She is a Citizen of Métis Nation-Saskatchewan, and she holds an MA in English from the University of Toronto. Elena’s poetry has been published in various magazines and journals, including Arc Poetry, The Malahat Review, PRISM international, and Room, and is forthcoming in Grain.