“Against Bestiary” by Sreshtha Sen

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure     After Donika Kelly What an honor it can be to love you with every creature that is in me. Each grunt & the soft that will follow. How I plough, how I fold under you. Protector & protected. I am a...

“Garden” by Dalia A. Elmanzalawy

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure This moment was like taking a bite out of the last fig of the season— the final taste of a late summer—so dark, the color of bruised midnight. She is swelled and ripened over many months, blushes crimson at her sweet...

“From Under the Dryer, I Watch the Beautician” by Ellen June Wright

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure twisting and coiling a woman’s hair. Her nimble fingers’ motions repeat with each lock, and I think of childhood seated there between mother’s legs as she once divided sections of my hair. There’s comfort in hands...

“the most powerful aphrodisiac” by Zara R. Ahmed

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure the taste of the air on a mid-summer evening like a single breath could feed me for eternity with the memory of your arms in mine limbs locked like juniper as you hum recollections of your past memories lacking me. a...

“The Albatross” by Ellen June Wright

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure No angels told my mother I was coming. I weighed heavy on her mind nine months as she worked with the other Jamaican women at Batchelor Peas in Huntingdon, on the canning factory floor until the day before I was born....