“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...