A drawing of a brain with poppy flowers growing out of it.
A drawing of a skull.
A drawing of a hermit crab with half a lemon instead of a shell.
A drawing of an owl sitting on a chesterfield sofa wearing an old fashioned nightcap and drinking a glass of scotch.… Read more “Art by Lupin Vivian”
Photo credit: Dina Stander. Listen to Dina read “not fucking around” and “dressing to feel pretty in gimp city.”
not fucking around
I harbor a concern that when
I build a ritual fire for year’s end
setting transformational heat
to what I want to leave behind
once that fire snags my rage
the whole of everything will
burn to the ground
and I don’t wanna be some
feel better phoenix rising from the
ash heap of this terrible year
facing the dangers coming I’m
gonna need the ancient gnarly
not fucking around dragon
woken and hungry for justice
I’m gonna need wings to fly
dressing to feel pretty in gimp city:
1.… Read more “Poetry by Dina Stander”
Listen to Jennifer Ruth Jackson read her poems.
Thoracotomy in Eden
Indentation in my chest, I’m sew(n) together now.
Did you see the surgeon saw my rib in half?
Where is the missing piece? Could I have a funeral
or wake of ash when not under anesthesia?
I wish I could carve runes in the bone, a story
carried deep, and summon Eve who will love me
more than Adam because I’ll give her agency
and apples and all the pretty red things I possess —
like the four-inch scar on my chest I dedicate to her.… Read more “Poetry by Jennifer Ruth Jackson”