“Flower Bush Politics [118 bpm]” by Ankoor Patel

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure Weary from a whole DJ set, i welcome one more song. i mean, how can i blame this body for blooming. i mean, it’s tradition, really. i mean, how can i explain this unconditional lover the metronome taps its version of...

“[While others try to keep alive…]” by Jahan Khajavi

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure for Camilla Donghi    While others try to keep alive their livers & their tongues, we happily instead let sweets & alcohol rot ours; while others try to keep unsoiled their fingers & their lungs, we...

“Seagulls would leave it spotless” by Lucy Zhang

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure We leave for the cemetery before the sun is up, packing Fuji apples and a passion fruit crepe cake from Lady M’s. We had skipped visiting my dad’s grave last autumn for Chong Yang Festival due to my son’s Science...

“Star-Shaped” by Jendayi Brooks-Flemister

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure I pull my fingers out of you slowly. Our heavy breathing is somehow synchronized, low and animalistic. While you gather yourself, I stand, unhook the strap on, and go to the sink to rinse my hands of the beautiful mess...

“My Feminism Looks Like” by Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure Rocking a full face of makeup to eat dinner with the girls I’ve known since they each had braces. The lighting is bad. We’re at Red Lobster or Friday’s or Carrabba’s, but Ulta had a sale. My basket overflowing with...

“A Nightmare Called Tonight” by simone j. banks

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure   a mother moans         the night is warm moonlight shadows the roses a familiar lean into bleak what has she lost? a son? scarce as any summer night’s answer   the emptying of his bedroom is proof:...