Rua do Salitre

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rua do salitre

by Ian E. Watts

Going nowhere in particular, our only aim is to catch the sun’s light among the rustling leaves around the
Rossio Square. Pointing out a couple on a bench, Vanessa mentions, “All interaction between men and
women is a guarded stalking and is always sexual in nature. A careful reading of every glance, every
word, and every gesture betrays masked intent.”Continue Reading

The Search for Non-Capitalist Pleasure

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The Search for Non-Capitalist Pleasure

by Ansley Clark

One of my most pleasurable memories occurred in my friend’s tiny room, sitting in her plastic and unremarkable desk chair. We were English teachers living in Beauvais, France; my hair was full of split ends, and my friend offered a trim. Since none of us owned any glassware, she handed me red wine in a mug. Her fingers combed through my hair, occasionally skimming my scalp, while her scissors quietly and steadily snipped away, like small gentle insects.Continue Reading

Queering a Path through the Universe: Sex & Love in Sci-Fi

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Queering a Path through the Universe: Sex & Love in Sci-Fi

by Courtney E. Morgan

There have been more and more representations of queer characters and relationships in mainstream media lately—more depictions of fully fleshed out, round protagonists, given fullness and complexity in their relationships and their narratives. Queer characters can be the leads in important movies, can win awards: Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name, Battle of the Sexes come to mind.[1] It’s a beautiful thing.Continue Reading

Feminized Rastafar-I, Adaptive Diaspora, and Embodied Resistance in Marcia Douglas’ The Marvelous Equations of the Dread

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Book Review: Feminized Rastafar-I, Adaptive Diaspora, and Embodied Resistance in Marcia Douglas’ The Marvelous Equations of the Dread

by Stephanie Couey

Marcia Douglas’ 2016 novel, The Marvelous Equations of the Dread centers around a young Jamaican woman named Leenah. Leenah’s multimodal and fully-embodied engagements with sound grant her privileged access into the temporal and spiritual experience of Rastafar-I. Following pan-African traditions of resistance centered around adaptation, Leenah radically adapts to her surroundings as a deaf woman in a persistently-masculinist and sound-driven movement.Continue Reading

Winter 2018

Poetry

Coital Exposure–Vi Khi Nao

Three Poems–Kailey Alyssa

this highly flammable 1970s neon orange two-piece suit set–Zoe Nefouse

Three Poems–Zack Corpuz

Nonfiction

The Search for Non-Capitalist Pleasure by Ansley Clark

Queering a Path through the Universe: Sex & Love in Sci-Fi by Courtney E. Morgan

Feminized Rastafar-I, Adaptive Diaspora, and Embodied Resistance in Marcia Douglas’ The Marvelous Equations of the Dread by Stephanie Couey

Fiction

Rua do Salitre by Ian E. Watts

 

IMAGE by Mish mishmurphy.com

I Don’t Want to Look How They Want Me to Look: On Tininess and Sexuality

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by Ansley Clark

She is on top, curled between his legs with her back against his groin, almost a fetal position. Her thin thighs press together, contained into a skinny tight v. Her arms wrap around her knees, her calves lifting to reveal tiny wet vulva lips, a cock sliding between them. She is a ball of tiny-shaped legs and a swell of belly barely there and thin arms and a sharply prominent rib cage. The caption reads: “I love this pic because it shows how tiny I am and how big he is.”Continue Reading

Spring/Summer 2017

Poetry

Poems by Willy Palomo

Gemini Rising—Poems by Christie Ann Reynolds

Press Play by Lexi Schwartz

THE LIT LINES OF YOUR PALM [IN THE ONLY DARK WE KNOW OF THE ROOM] by Michael Wasson

 

Essays

Dear FetLife Tourist: An Open Letter by AB

I Don’t Want to Look How They Want Me to Look: On Tininess and Sexuality by Ansley Clark

 

Fiction

Exiting on Bell Road—Flash by Doni Shepard

 

Erotica

When I See His Pretty Eyes by Jelly Zhang

Dear FetLife Tourists: An Open Letter

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by AB

Imagine you’re a lesbian, at a lesbian bar on Lesbian Night. You strike up a conversation with a total babe. You buy her a drink. She’s leaning in, touching your arm, giving you the eye. You take her out onto the dance floor and start mackin’. As the night winds down, you ask for her number. She giggles self-consciously.

“Oh, um…so, I’m not really a lesbian. I just think women are beautiful, and like, I thought it would be fun to hook up a little, or something.”Continue Reading

We Won’t Be Silent–Voices Raised Against Hate

January 20, 2017 Issue

On this Inauguration Day, we are raising our voices for justice, equality, diversity, unity and empathy.

 

Essays

Mariam Williams “Radical Self-love: Writing Intimate Spaces in the Trump Era”

Loie Merritt “in the orchard of unmentionable”

Alysia Sawchyn “Feeling the World Askew”

Courtney Udischas “Un-President-Ed: The Trauma of Trump”

Eric Mueller “On Dick: How Materialism Caught Up with My Queer Life”

Caitlin Scarano “Tell Me How to Be”

Rose Heredia “No Time for Apathy: Processing the 2016 Election”

 

Poetry

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal “BALLOT BALLET BULLOT BULLET”

Jessica Lawson “Oath of Softest”

Torrin Greathouse “Body/Language”

 

Fiction

Erin Armstrong “A Southern Mythology: Tales from Georgia”

 

Interview

with Jennifer Williams, creator of “The Better Feminism Workbook”

 

IMAGE: Shepard Fairey, www.theamplifierfoundation.org

Feeling the World Askew

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by Alysia Sawchyn

I pulled into the row of parking spaces at 6:25pm on a Saturday night, already five minutes late to the monthly prayer meeting at Our Lady of Clearwater. Looking up at the glass-paned building, the stone grottos encasing plaster statues of Jesus and Mary on either side of its main entrance, like guardian lions, I took one deep breath in and let it go slowly.Continue Reading