Scales

by Monique Hayes Scales Kilogram after kilogram won’t kill her composure. Lluvy’s a class-A lady licensed for long hauls. Her roaring rig contains dashboard hula girls with birthing hips and observant opal eyes. Their gazes don’t grow wider when her supervisor confirms the docked ducats. No issue of a pregnant payment despite her heavy load, an overweight permit and a …

[Sound Maven] Protest Playlist: Songs for Resistance, Vol. 1

Songs To Smash Fascism To It seems like every passing day there is something bigger and more insidious to rise up against, but really what it can be boiled down to is antisemitic, anti-black, misogynistic, xenophobic, transphobic, homophobic, white nationalist, regressive fascist politics. If you’re gonna run around punching nazis it’s best to have a great soundtrack to enhance the …

Carolina Man, The Last Buffalo Soldier

by Marcus Clayton Carolina Man, The Last Buffalo Soldier In remembrance of Tomie L. Gaines After Bob Marley I. There is no black with whiskers grayed haloed over the mouth peppered over the eyebrows rooted like vines under Veteran’s hat ashed on the knuckles mid-salute. Hereditary—maybe—but more galvanized from arrowed wounds acted as a shield stolen from Africa to keep …

Almost Black

“I know you don’t think any tongue I speak is mine; it must be rented. I am always denial, or pretense. A child born mid-flight has no nation. I can pull on either culture, but they always melt like a dream, trickle away, water on the oiled pelt of foreign.” —Jasmine Ann Corray I. “You are a black man, correct?” …

How to Cure Insomnia

by Laura Picklesimer How to Cure Insomnia First, grow up in a gated estate that overlooks the coastline from Newport to San Clemente. Lock your younger sister in the downstairs coat closet for hours at a time. Ignore her even after she pees her Burberry overalls. Listen to the muffled screaming from the upstairs hallway when your father is occasionally …

Small Fry

by Genelle Chaconas Small Fry The biggest thing about me has always been my voice too loud too brash too much for indoors too much for polite conversation for the shape of my body outspoken incorrect subversive and aggressive my size surprises those who have only heard me speak over the phone the biggest thing about me has always been …

Petras

by Alexander Albatross Petras It is two in the early, early morning in Alytus, Lithuania. My exceptional, unconventional toy-crafting business (and consequently my residence) is where one would look for me during these rayless hours. Not that anyone has ever set foot to the cobblestone or the circuitous steps that lead to my chamber above the shop. At least not …

May Gray

by Laryssa Wirstiuk May Gray May had been my favorite month, but it’s no longer relief. What I miss is exiting a house party for the fire escape, where winter air is a knife slicing a farmers market nectarine. I miss watching the guests from outside and knowing they’ll be there for me when my hands begin to tremble. May …