news, notes, sneak peeks, and some updates from friends!
let’s get to the main event and talk about what i’ve been up to!
published poem: “ready for your next entry” (Bullshit Anthology 01 edited by Veronica Bennett)
published poem: “cottonmouth” (Hell Is Real: A Midwest Gothic Anthology, edited by Jack Apollo Hartley)*
published poem: “failed self portrait as link from the legend of zelda: breath of the wild” (Sage Cigarettes)
published poem: “drink yrself whole or corpse reviver #2” (MAYDAY)
published poem: “an exhaustive search,” “HGHFCKR” (FATHERFATHER Issue 2: Poetic Realism)
published poem: “scorpius” (celestite poetry, Issue 5)
published piece: “favors (v. 1.0)” (Cutbow Quarterly, Issue 1)
interview: Tiny Talks with Nat Raum (Tiny Spoon Lit Mag)
*i’ve also got an American Sentence in this one!
i have perhaps come full circle from writing about chaos and have returned to writing about stasis. this time, it feels like gender stasis; my therapist reminds me that reaching a limit is a catalyst for change, and while this is no exception, it’s also a strange time to be seeking gender-affirming healthcare, which is the manifestation of stasis i’m running against right now. putting aside my phobia of surgeries, it’s hard to want to be visibly queer with violence escalating by the day. i think this is where my desire to “write lighter” is coming from; there’s something so defiant about queer joy in the face of widespread discrimination.
i hate so much about the things that you choose to be
sometimes when i sink far enough
into my own silt, i imagine myself
swamped elsewhere; i see my waist fat
cinched in, suburban kitchen
tile underfoot and a man with a matching
ring next to me who once said it was
mildly disturbing i tracked
my body count. i imagine my imagination
recalling how i pictured my Xbox saying
achievement unlocked: emotional
wreckage! finally learn what it means to feel.
call: Vocivia Magazine is open for submissions for their Cyberscript issue until 9/30.
release: Clem Flowers recently released Two Out of Three Falls with Bullshit Lit.
that’s all for now!