Literature

BehindTheCurtains

Behind the Curtains

Editor’s content warning: sexual abuse Before, when we were mother and daughter in blood and fact, we spread a …

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Image by Anzia Anderson

Foil

  We are trapped in a young adult novel. You are your best friend’s lesbian best friend. You help him get the gi…

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Illustration by Joshua Jackson

III

Incongruous is the word on the tip of my tongue. Haphazardly placed: an after-thought. A hasty assemblage, pieced tog…

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Bricklayer

  content warning: domestic abuse, racial slurs I have never seen him smile like that—tight-lipped and haggard—a…

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Photography Jaie Miller

Genres of Missing

THE OTHER VEDA in benares, a vulnerable troika of widows, hair shorn, flawless scalps sculpted from minted ingot thre…

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Image by Julia Horowitz

Still

*trigger warning: sexual assault* I gave you everything and you greedily took it. Raped my senses and left me raw. So…

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Illustration by Kathy Ng

Inedible

Illustration by Kathy Ng I can’t grow a new heart but I can let you know what you’ve done to me the way a snake gulps…

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Image courtesy of Wendy Cohen

Secrets

I look over at her And I wish she would be mine That I could have her long after school   But I know she will ne…

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Draupadi

To Trina Nileena Banerjee I You woman of the pyre Your birth of mixed fire Your hair fire tongue fire Your heart’s di…

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Maybe I Can Explain

We meet at the door. I drop my change while fumbling for my ID and you kneel down to help me pick it all up. I say th…

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Cherry Pie

CHERRY PIE with a sharp reflex of the diaphragm, our maiden earned the title of wife by Abrahamic default. then, the …

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