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A reflection on my time working in women's harm reduction spaces in Vancouver's DTES.

By Taylor NealPublished 6 months ago 1 min read

a judgement free space where anything and everything




without question, inquiry, a slight glance of

suspicious eyes caught in clammy palms or breathy

comments swallowed whole. a space to show up fully,

unapologetically, without restraint or one’s guard

getting in the way – she can step aside and rest now

so the version of the self most messy and raw can come

out to scream as loudly as they need. take up space

baby, it is yours to destroy. release, ease, being.


where one’s addictions, one’s past, one’s scorned and

wrinkled, marked and uniquely broken, beautiful face,

body, soul, can be nurtured and loved

for free.

where the coming together of folks from walks of all

sorts brings a profound experience of sitting on

concrete steps, smoking shared cigarettes.

a mouse runs by,

the walls have been tattooed with a question:

Where are you?

and where are we? does it matter?

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About the Creator

Taylor Neal

A multi-disciplinary artist, writer and sex worker's advocacy support worker, Taylor's cumulative practice comes together as a holistic exploration of identity, sexuality, and how the embodied subject navigates space and the natural world.

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  • JD Pernoste and Anneliese Dahl6 months ago

    We really love this, Taylor. Loved the passion and your word choices and the entire beautiful accepting concept... and we cited it as a great example of contemporary poetry on Vocal in our article "Is it possible to enjoy poetry." Hope you don't mind.💙Anneliese

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