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ALTER//ALTAR: A Playlist of Longing by Dena Igusti

Today is the release of my book, Cut Woman. The book not only touches on what it means to be an Indonesian Muslim survivor of FGM but also my personal documentation of the ongoing list of those I’ve lost. In Cut Woman alone, there are over 230,483 deaths mentioned directly or indirectly. 15 documented (emphasis on […]

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ODE TO NAS, ODE TO THE COUSIN THE COUSIN OF DEATH | Trace DePass

ode to nas, ode to the cousin the cousin of death anesthesia & euthanasia, two cousins in the night of killing, hand you two wrenches like lilies for all the pain first  – one buds like a point with no axis from which the second blooms       Fibonacci spirals of petals which might cut any other […]

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NOT BROKEN BUT FRAYED | Trace DePass

Mikal tells me i need forgiveness & here’s the door back to all love we walk away from how the dirt teleprompters the rain fall back to its skies to better our soil here’s everybody i ever loved & here’s           me holding onto me watch: no one at my helms    no one somersaulting giddy against […]

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SHAKEDOWN STREET | Ace Boggess

Tap, tap, tap.  As I sat in my car, anxious and waiting to play my role as rat, she knocked on the window.  A total stranger in unadorned blueish gray and yellow tie-dye over faded jeans, she wore her brown hair long over a squared-off face blurred by rain beading on the glass.  She held […]