The Best Lighting for My Body Was at the White Horse Inn and Bar, Oakland, California

“I am moved by the geography in this piece. Not just the geography of a landscape — also the geography of body, of gender, of family. The speaker enters with high stakes and manages to traverse the entire narrative with the stakes remaining high, emotional, and at times painful. “When I’m pressed, I go with boy: a category that can’t last forever” is the line that sat on my skin well after my reading of this piece was done. A firm and nuanced consideration of boyhood, manhood, mothers, and the bright and complicated intersection of all those things.”

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Review: BLUETS by Maggie Nelson

I was late to reading Maggie Nelson’s Bluets. There is much that can be said about this book, and so much has already been said, that I am only going to concern myself with p90 on which Nelson states, “Recently, I found out that “les bluets” can translate as ‘cornflowers’

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From the Archives: The Feels by Megan Milks

“I should say first of all that I would dial the numbers just to listen to your breath. The only emotions I propose expressly to consider are I would stand inside my hell and hold the hand of death. That there are feelings of pleasure and displeasure, of interest and excitement, bound up with how far I’d go to ease this precious ache, would, I suppose, be held true by most readers. “

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