Welcome to the polymorphous per verse, a special issue of Arc devoted to poetry by trans, Two Spirit, non-binary and gender non-conforming writers.
In This Issue
In the words of issue 94’s co-guest editor Trish Salah, “we did not wish to prescribe or presume a thematics, poetics or politics— in different and overlapping ways Two-Spirit, non-binary and trans people know all about gatekeeping at the level of language: colonial tongues, pronominal and autobiographical imperatives, normative gender scripts, speaking privileges alternately contingent upon performing respectability, idealization or trauma – whatever calms the anxieties of a liberal, white, settler, and/or non-trans audience.”
And as co-guest editor Ali Blythe adds, “many people spend so much of their life figuring out the bodily form, coming to understand its right to existence, learning to move against a tide of cultural constraint that it takes up much of the time we have on this earth.”
So, get ready to dive in:
- Hazel Jane Plante writes a love email to Kama La Mackerel’s ZOM-FAM
- Suneela Mubayi translates songs by enigmatic Iraqi singer Masoud/a
- Captivating artwork by Sybil Lamb
- Poetry from CAConrad, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Arielle Twist, IAN MARTIN, River Halen Guri, and more
- New reviews by Syrus Marcus Ware, Tanis Franco, Asher Faerstein and many others.