Water Feet by Paridhi Poddar

Illustration by Mimi Mutesa @mimimutesa I have got two feet,  flat like that of my father, not at all ladylike.  Aquarius feet, they dangle by the edge of the lake.  It is sacred feet on some days,  worshiped during puja,  they wash my feet with cold water,  clean my toes, bend and touch my feet, … Read moreWater Feet by Paridhi Poddar

star(dust) by Paridhi Poddar

Illustration by Mimi Mutesa @mimimutesa they say that the stars are not ours to name                            because the Big Dipper was a wild bear hunting in milky rivers                       that there was an oxen, or maybe a coyote who shot an arrow trail             to the heavens, paving a starry path and left its friends behind in the … Read morestar(dust) by Paridhi Poddar

Armistice by Nicholas Barnes

Illustration by Mimi Mutesa @mimimutesa I wonder how he’s faring night after night in my closet. Darkness reveals his lemonseed eyes, that dear serpentine stalker, my monster. Perhaps he’s a cousin to that watersnake who curled up next to my body on warm bedrock. The same one that slithered after me through the rushing waters … Read moreArmistice by Nicholas Barnes

The Great Conjunction by Sean Wang

Illustration by Mimi Mutesa @mimimutesa Two celestial bodies would meet— Saturn and Jupiter. Two globes of gas in orbit, each a storm in its own. An unfathomable rush of dust, an illusory presence. So much emptiness between those whirls I could swallow you whole. Two skulls kiss in the darkness. A clatter of teeth like … Read moreThe Great Conjunction by Sean Wang

The Girl Who Taught Me Love by Fadairo Tesleem

Photography by Mimi Mutesa @mimimutesa she said: “stand adjacent her window and sing  her serenades – songs that pierce minds,  arrest ears & imprison hearts – that’s another way of loving a girl without saying it.  kneel beneath her feet, behold her face  & confess what shows over it – glitters – tell her moon … Read moreThe Girl Who Taught Me Love by Fadairo Tesleem

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