“This Thing I Should Be Able to Do” by Chaya Nautiyal Murali

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure In the summer of my thirty-first year, I decided it was time to become pregnant. It was a decision my husband and I had anticipated for months, years, really, but it was not made until that summer. We had met in the...

“The Meryl Streepers” by Trevor Lanuzza

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure Raquel took a seat and pulled a hot pink flask from her purse. She sipped, then grimaced and surveyed the women around the table. The troupe was meeting at Anne’s house to plan out their act for the 5th annual REO Town...

“I Dance Merengue Barefoot” by Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure on my stoop. Smiling song lyrics shape maple lips. Scents of softening viandas, simmering sofrito water, & browning meat, circle me & push my rhythm closer & closer.   Titi Linda lives as I forget she...

“Please” by Ashley Elizabeth

Issue 24 / Winter 2021 / Special Issue: Pleasure Swallow the sun with me and the heat between your ribcage will settle betwixt strewn apart thigh as you shudder, eyes flutter indecently. I stifle the urge to whip out a polaroid to capture the sharp inhale you take...