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Abayomi Animashaun: History Lesson

On the wall is a map of places, the so-called explorers
— Mungo Park and the rest of them —
Discovered. But did they know
Of my longing to kiss you tonight?

August 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Durango

Durango follows Aaron and TJ through aimless days spent diving from cliffs, lighting fireworks and chatting about girls, as the siblings’ uncertain future lingers in the background.

July 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

Skye C. Cleary: Simone de Beauvoir recommends we fight for ourselves as we age

Elderhood is an opportunity to turn to ourselves, to be more responsive to our own needs, and less obliged to other people.

March 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Weiner Tompkins: Adultery

Dark pines and thin silvery trees
throw shadows on your face lowering to meet mine;
we make love, wrapped in heavy coats,
knees bumping glove box and seatback.

March 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Nat’s Story | Their Love

Nat experiences oppression, xenophobia and misgendering from their own family. Their mother has a spiritual experience that reveals the importance of honoring their child’s nonbinary identity. The film parallels crossing the US-Mexico border and traversing the gender binary.

November 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Meg Pokrass & Jeff Friedman: Wig

The wig arrived in a pretty pink box. I’d ordered it online from a wig shop. Silky, blonde and long, it felt as if I were entertaining a movie star in my hallway. Grace Kelly in a box on my couch. So nice to meet you, I said, slipping it on.

April 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jeffrey Harrison: The Mount

the blue-jeaned ass of the one on top
moving up and down, pelvis cramming
noiselessly into the rump of the one
underneath, whose vacant eye
caught mine for an instant as I walked past

March 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Alexis Rhone Fancher: Post Mortem

It’s the last time, I swear, except this time I mean it. The last time I mourn Kate so hard I don’t eat, unless you consider alcohol a meal. The last time I drive drunk the five miles to Chuck’s house, at midnight, despondent, disheveled, swigging Stoli…

August 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Emily Dickinson: Wild nights — Wild nights!

Wild nights – Wild nights!
Were I with thee
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Sea Turtles Mating

To be amazed at her luck
or pity her trials

March 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Baruch November: Beard 16

Most Hebrew Schools cut the Song of Songs
out of the classrooms.
I would have liked to learn how thighs can be of gold

September 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The greatest glue commercial ever made

This classic 1992 television ad for Talens Rubber Cement swept the Cannes International Advertising Film Festival, winning its Grand Prix award.

August 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

Meg Pokrass: Quack

He tells her this: “When ejaculating, I quack.” “Promise?”She’s poking water next to him — tipping front, then back, and then over again, looking at the sky, sideways.He gets her feathers … Continue reading

April 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: How Plastics Can Affect Your Love Life

Most of the attention on phthalates, a group of hormone-disrupting chemicals found in PVC plastics, has been focused on fetal and child health, particularly regarding genital and behavioral development. Recent data have shown, … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

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