(Issue 11) Poetry Feature: Malik Thompson

Interview, Makeup, and Creative Direction by Zawadi Carroll Photography by Vanessa dos Santos DC’s rapidly gentrifying art scene has experienced cutthroat changes over the past decade. Several of the city’s natives, many of them young artists, have been pushed to the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia for more affordable and humane living conditions. The poetry…

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_Facial Recognition_ by Aerik “phaentompoet” Francis

iHave doubted my smile–if it existed in the faceof those mouthing of my ubiquitous grin.but iDo know whenmy smile smiles– feeling the evidence in its departure.here, it wasn’t the picturesqueLos Angeles January Sun, but a removal of a tether’snever questioned presence.such a wonderful good-bye greeting a lucky camera.happy, it seems, visitedme in spontaneous burst. my…

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I’m writing a letter to the softness in my body by Fran Fernández Arce

Fran Fernández Arce is a Chilean poet currently living in the intersection between Suffolk, England, and Santiago, Chile. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Pollux Journal, Journal of Erato, and Anamorphoseis, among others. She is a poetry reader for The Walled City Journal and poetry editor for Moonflake Press

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February 16, 2021: On the Phone With My Sister, A Climate Crisis Between Us” by Binx R. Perino

Binx R. Perino is a poet, organizer, and activist at Emerson College. They organize with the Boston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and work as a housing advocate within the city of Boston’s homelessness services. Their work has appeared in Cold Mountain Review, GASHER, Euphony, and elsewhere.

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Oranges by Noah Westfall

the universe beganwith a big banga molten red envelope folded within – a hell bank noteand an origin storyI have never heard before I see constellations with unfamiliarfaces speaking in tones I do not knowand cannot remember the strokeorder of celestial characters you placed a bright sun in their hands—little flamethey delivered me an ember…

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Jacob To The Angel by Malik Thompson

Malik Thompson is a cis Black queer man from Washington, DC. Malik is a poet, nonfiction writer, and unapologetic bibliophile. When not selling books at Loyalty Bookstore, you can find Malik reading Toni Morrison, at a dance party, playing a JRPG, or leading a poetry workshop. You can follow Malik’s Instagram account @negroliterati to find his thoughts on…

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