Art, Everything, Issue 61

Featured Artist: Jess Vieira

Jess Vieira is a rising star in Brazil. Her paintings and illustrations have been featured on book covers, in advertisements, and even in two issues of Vogue last year. Jess was born in 1992 in Brasília, and she now lives in Salvador, Bahia. She likes to work with as many mediums as she can, from […]

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Everything, interview, Issue 61, WHAT WE THINK ABOUT

In Conversation: Briauna Taylor

Briauna Taylor is a queer poet, teaching artist, and seeker of magick in Portland, Oregon. She created and facilitated the youth writing programming and open mic series ‘Mind & Mouth’ with former radical youth non-profit MarrowPDX. She leads youth and all ages writing workshops across the city, most recently her newest project, Tender Community Garden. […]

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Everything, Issue 61, review, WHAT WE THINK ABOUT

In Review: Born in a Second Language by Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie

Born in a Second Language by Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie published by Button Poetry is a remarkable work of writing through in-betweenness of body and nation, mind and mother-tongue. Afiriyie-Hwedie balances the languages and nations her self has touched so carefully in this collection. The collection encomapsses an impressive spread of form and style — Afiriyie-Hwedie […]

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Everything, Issue 61, Poetry

The Things That Saved Us by Abby Bland

The things that saved us are the same as they ever were.The spring irises glazed with rain, puppies learning to walk,the feel of his hands in yours or his skin,or your own skin, soft against the bedsheets.The way water cools the throat and slakes thirst,or how a good meal softens and rounds the belly,the way […]

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Creative Nonfiction, Everything, Issue 61

Allopathy by Anoushka Kumar

(tw: medicines, sickness) I hate my mother. Not the kind of  flighty, tempestuous hate most teenage girls harbour for their mothers, but a different kind. Mostly, I hate her because I don’t know how to deserve a different kind of love. Women have nimble fingers. This makes plucking two leaves and a bud from an […]

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Everything, Issue 61, Poetry

Ghoulia Yelps by Rachel Mehl

The neurologist tells me I’m intriguing, a specimento write about in her research.  She’ll change my nameof course.  It will help legions of doctors.  Tegretolis shaped like baseball diamonds and tastes like grapes.  After the seizure, I could not speak or type.Day one of Tegretol I float in space.  I bump into walls.Day two I […]

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Everything, Issue 61, Poetry

Many of the Times by Benin Gardner

And some of the other times and the volleyball girls in milkglass socks beating reddened hands on rival eyes, well the orange tree is right there and if ur so hungry lie beneath it with ur mouth open catch some flies swat summer in the face and the sunset will go blushred fences in between […]

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Everything, Issue 61, Opportunities for Artists & Writers

Opportunities for Artists and Writers | July 2021

Liminal Transit Review – “a literary journal that publishes work related to themes such as (but not limited to) diaspora, immigration, displacement, borders, and decolonization.” Accepting poetry, cross-genre, and prose submissions. No fees. Deadline: July 31. Fahmidan – Digital chapbook series accepting submissions of poetry and short fiction collections by POC and women. No fee. […]

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Everything, Issue 60, Poetry

The Sun | Sophie Janus

I was reading about solar energy And the book said the sun is the most abundant source of energy available on earth And the sun said you mistake my everything for nothing And I said fuck And I said I know how that feels And my ex boyfriend looked down and said fuck And my […]

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Everything, Issue 60, Poetry

Mendel’s Lost Files | Maia Joy

a plant does not have thefunctional capacity toknowingly self-destruct; their chloroplasts do not choosewhether to accept the sunlightfrom which they photosynthesize— the sun, simply, says, “i love you,”and the plant says, “thank you,”and they continue on with their days. the plant does not apologizefor the support it accepts. itbreathes in, breathes out, and gives what […]

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Everything, Issue 60, Poetry

Habitual | Claire Denson

when the world said sink I sankI am in this way ordinaryI put pasta in the water watch it bloatevery time I think I’m new the old comes back like a stray I once fedimagine a well-read strange man I never get tired of my same storyI’ve tidied up my roomand left my inbox openin case he […]

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Art, Everything, Issue 60

Featured Artist: Gwladys Le Roy

Gwladys Le Roy is a French illustrator, and she’s about to turn 29 years old, although she looks 10 years younger (she says she hopes people still tell her this when she’s about to turn 40). She grew up in the south-west of France, near the sea, before moving to Paris. After a few years […]

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Everything, Issue 60, review, WHAT WE THINK ABOUT

In Review: Pop Song by Larissa Pham

Somewhere near the middle of Larissa Pham’s memoir-in-essays, Pop Song, she starts a piece, “What we say without saying,” with a simple statement. “There’s a recording of James Blake covering Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case of You’ live, on a BBC radio show, from February 2011,” she tells us. She goes on to describe Blake’s vulnerability […]

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Everything, Issue 59, Poetry

Two Poems | Samia Saliba

high water i think i’ll live forever because that’s what sharks do. i wanna dive into myself like an ocean bleeding out on the shore, splitting sand down into sand. i wannamiss class because i’m waiting for the bus with youon it, the morning shape of your face all ears & rosyeyelids. how much i’ve forgotten. it’s […]

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Everything, Issue 59, Poetry

Measuring Distance | Justin Holliday

I wish I were deadis a perfect example of subjunctive mood.What most people don’t realizeis how to conjugate the bodyto expose how it feels to hold onto improper objects. Psychologists call thisintrojection. To engage with a man, I must deny any sign I want to touch him. If I were to tell the truth,I would explain fewer peopleknow […]

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Everything, Issue 59, Poetry

in the beginning (abecedarian on desire) | Talia Gordon

as if a single apple could destroy an ecosystem, webuck the shame of bringing foreign objects into bed,cum with no intention of conceiving. i’m lit-er-al-lyde-generate, you tell me, grinning, like,et-ym-o-logically. the very first time we fuck, i fall in rage for ever lettinggod haunt the goodhunger, finally kill the ghost inside myself. now we live an oldjoke: […]

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Everything, Issue 59, Poetry

telefon kharban/broken telephone | Jood AlThukair

on the drive back home      i ask if the moon is following us      an eyelash on my cheek my mother      tells me to make a wish      the moon isn’t following us      we’re circling around it      at five i drank tea from a saucer so      i don’t stay up at night      my palms orange henna an […]

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Creative Nonfiction, Everything, Issue 59

Perpetuation | Julie Greenough

Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskey – 1948 In preschool we had a raised table full of old paper egg cartons. Plastic eggs that opened and closed, revealing baby dinosaurs in primary colors. I carried multiples in my shirt, pulled up with my little girl belly button showing. That was the year I pinned my […]

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Art, Everything, Issue 59

Featured Artist: Sarah Dahir

This month’s featured artist is Sarah Dahir, an illustrator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sarah began her project Nawaal Illustrations a couple of years ago, her first experience with professional illustration after drawing for herself for years. Sarah is interested in the relationship between women (she grew up with three sisters), and especially Black women. […]

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Everything, Issue 59, review, WHAT WE THINK ABOUT

In Review: Chokecherry by Lyd Havens

It may sound odd to say that Lyd Havens’ poetry collection, Chokecherry, is an absolute joy, when every page expresses a deep lingering grief. Their haunting words take root and take flight, as they float through years of both traumatic dreams and a nightmarish reality, wrestling with painful memories before learning to be thankful for […]

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Everything, Issue 59

Opportunities for Artists and Writers | May 2021

BAHR Magazine: “an online literary creative platform dedicated to amplifying the work of writers, artists, and creatives of all kinds. Based in South West Asia and North Africa, we accept submissions from around the world though we champion this region’s creators and prioritise their work. We particularly encourage those with marginalised identities to submit. We accept […]

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Art, Everything, issue 58

Featured Artist: Noémie Klein

Noémie Klein is an emerging French illustrator, whom we discovered by chance on Instagram. Her work is inspired by spirituality, nature, and ancient philosophies, and has been gaining more and more attention lately. Noémie is an illustrator of the inside. She wants to make ideas into images, and her illustrations translate abstract concepts into shapes […]

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Everything, interview, issue 58, WHAT WE THINK ABOUT

In Conversation: Zuri McWhorter

Zuri McWhorter—born and rooted in Detroit, Michigan—is carving out a place for her work as a writer, photographer, and filmmaker. Since 2015 she has self-published two poetry collections, Woes of a Well Lit City, and Not too Far from China. In 2017, Zuri started her own lit and art zine for independent creators, Juste Milieu. […]

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In Review: Curb by Divya Victor

Divya Victor’s poetry collection Curb digs into the layers of community in United States suburbia, with a direct intensity that documents pervasive assaults against immigrants who settle here. She opens with a personal admission of her own mother being afraid all the time, of all places being the same in their lack of safety. We […]

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Everything, issue 58, Poetry

AN INTERNET QUIZ | Lucas Peel

Lucas Peel is a big mouth moonlighting as an adult.  He is a negligent plant father and can also have a little salami as a treat.  His work is forthcoming in the next software update of the iPhone 7 notes app.  Lucas lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and sometimes tweets @lookchrlz.  We don’t know what he […]

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Everything, issue 58, Poetry

Clean Girls | Sarah Fathima Mohammed

& on Saturday, before we squished plums in our fists and rubbed the color on our mouths—as if we could afford to replace our hunger with a bruised beauty—and took pictures of ourselves with so much flash our mouths looked like flowers in the parched desert of our bodies, we walked to Chinnamma’s home that smelled like girls and sweat. She […]

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Everything, issue 58, Poetry

What A Shame | E. Kristin Anderson

                                    (after Taylor Swift) This week my whole body has rejected reality, an apocalypsewithin an apocalypse, and I know better than to ask for help. I lived so long walling myself in with cassette tapes, frightenedof the madwoman beneath my own skin. I don’t think I know what crazy means anymore but certainly you know […]

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Everything, issue 58, Poetry

I HAD A DREAM YOU WERE LIVING IN MY WALLS | ISAAC

The worst part of the video:The wasp laying eggs inside the caterpillar. A small thing, aDefenseless thing, limbless,And a sharpness on top of it–Its beating wings, itstwitching abdomen, the footage playingDouble time,As to show the process quicker,As to not bore the viewerWith a death as slow as this. In my dream you came out of […]

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Everything, Issue 57, Poetry

trauma scripture | Savannah Slone

yellow balloons           heavenly release opening chair scene of juno pomegranate peel        post-smoke spit  i’m bleeding out, my legslowerbackintestines twinge, cramp and i can’t stand laugh breathe and i sob into the boiling shower floor.  hip throb. my wrists, ankles, knees, stiff fingers, spinal cord             coated, ember-encased. needled skin, set aflame, tamped out in bath water—a relit […]

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Everything, Issue 57, Poetry

Thirst Trap | Sarah Robbins

I do not trust myself  to be loved by a stranger, so I pose in lingerie for my close friends and wait for one of them to fall for it. Jo tells me i’m on queen shit and Ryan says that I’m iconic and someone inquires where I found my lime green lace. And I am full until the fizzing returnsin my belly, and reminds me what a […]

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Art, Everything, Issue 57

Featured Artist: Alice Cloutier Lachance

Alice Cloutier-Lachance’s work bears a striking resemblance to Francesca Woodman’s. Alice is an emerging Canadian photographer, and, coincidentally, she is friends with Monse Muro, whom we interview for our January 2021 issue. She creates mysterious, monochromatic photographs of her friends and family, sometimes blurred, so as to reveal just enough to keep us wondering. She […]

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