Zoe Leonard’s 1992 poem “I Want a Dyke for President” is justifiably having a moment. The piece has been blown up and installed underneath the Standard Hotel, and has recently gone viral as a video featuring Mykki Blanco reciting the poem. Basically, we have the two most unpopular major-party candidates ever, and “I Want a Dyke for President” sums up so many frustrations.
This week Zoe Leonard's frustrated, passionate essay lives on as a Mykki Blanco video and a monumental sculpture.
Zoe Leonard, artist, activist and member of the feminist art activist collective Fierce Pussy which worked in association with ACT UP in the early ’90s, penned a poem in 1992 which continues to resonate today. DAZED, which asked rap...