I managed to read a good few poems today, yay! (/◕ヮ◕)/
First, the cover of this issue is *everything*!
‘Cloudbending’ by Jennifer Crow was wonderful.
If mortal hands could map the skies,
make clouds into countries
or sunsets into salvation,
what strange markets would open
I loved this part especially. The whole poem just flows so well. Read it for yourself here.
‘Deep Bitch’ by C. S. E. Cooney was also very striking and had some great lines.
She tuns her blunted head my way.
Nips me, rips me open slightly.
Her smile is all teeth.
*chills* Read it for yourself here.
‘tended, tangled, and veined’ by Kayla Whaley was beautifully intense and raw. It’s a story in a poem and I love the imagery Whaley uses!
she practiced her girlhood with heat–stricken hair, sheared nails, scrubbed skin.
she baptized herself with fat wrung from beans and battered into butter.
she oiled her joints with poise,
scented her flesh with propriety,
and clothed herself in performance.
she practiced girlhood,
but she never quite perfected it.
I thoroughly recommend this poem and I can’t wait to read the rest of this issue. Some seriously good writing here. Read it for yourself here.
OH MY GOSH ‘FOXGIRL CYCLE SONG: 1‘ IS SO GOOD.
Trap her in thorn, and she’ll slip her skin
Drown her in water, she’ll learn to swim
Burn her, she’ll turn into smoke and wind
Think you can catch her?
Well, think again
This poem is by C. S. E. Cooney and I’m SHOOK. What a fantastic poem! Read it for yourself here.
‘The Book of Forgetting’ by Jennifer Crow was also great!
You taught me heaven is not a place, but
the magic circle drawn around two souls
I loved the emotion in this one. Read it for yourself here.
I started this issue with ‘The Persecution of Witches’ by Ali Trotta. It gave me chills.
Tell me what ‘legitimate’ means—
how much proof do I need
to convince you
that blood is blood
and bruises are bruises?
Why is my voice a casualty
of violence you won’t examine?
It’s a commentary on modern rape culture and I recommend everyone read it. Very strong, very poignant. Available online here.
Read any poetry lately? I’d love some recommendations!