Wendy Chen

daayan looks to the earth by Raena Shirali

                  they say we’re married to dirt, ground-bound & sure to bend. break these bones & call us a miracle, kiss our feet then call us                 backward. sisters, when will we braid our hair despite their songs? i gather seeds from alluvial beds, save tamarind                 peels & […]

Abstinence by Kelly Weber

                                                              I am one of the good girls. Boys come back to school with new rodeo buckles                                                           and like any good girl I admire the hips circled in the silver hooves of bucking broncos.                                                           I bleed discretely. I cry properly when a girl drowns in the dam’s lake. The […]

the mountains recall the myth by Raena Shirali

                –“Witch hunts are attempts by men to denounce the ritual knowledge of women and link it to evil.” -Witches,             Tea Plantations, and Lives of Migrant Laborers in India: Tempest in a Teapot by Soma Chaudhuri     I remember you insisted : the sacred grove virile, no place […]

Given by Sasha Steensen

      Sasha Steensen is the author of four books of poems, most recently House of Deer (Fence Books) and Gatherest (Ahsahta Press). She has published several essays, including “Openings: Into Our Vertical Cosmos,” which can be read as an online chapbook by Essay Press at www.essaypress.org/ep-40. She teaches […]