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If you had a say in the matter, would you play with trucks, wear blue, play rough, and not cry? Or would you play with dolls, wear pink, play indoors, and cry all the time? There are clearly defined gender roles in the United States that not everyone wants to follow. Eileen Myles thought she had a choiceand she wanted to be a boy. But, at the tender age of 12, she was confronted with the reality that she was indeed a girl and, in fact, had no say in the matter. In her most recent book, the memoir Cool for You, Myles recounts this rather bitter experience with extreme candor. For Myles fans, this is nothing new; she’s been letting the world in on some of her more personal experiences for nearly 30 years. And though her most recent work is in prose form, it was as a poet that Myles made her dent in the literary worldmost notably with School of Fish, which won a Lambda Book Award in 1997. Myles currently lives in (surprise) New York, where she teaches public writing workshops and contributes to publications like the Village Voice, but she’ll be in D.C. this weekend. So be sure to catch her when she performs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Maori Karmael Holmes)