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Work by Tommye Blount, Sally Wen Mao, Rebecca Berg, Amorak Huey, and many more

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FWR Monthly: September 2015

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Meditation frequently asks its practitioners to ground themselves in their bodies through a series of structured “noticings.” You are gently urged to press yourself into your chair, press your feet into the floor…

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DRAG NOTES – FROM A CONVERSATION WITH KINGA by Justin Engles

Davenport, Iowa. If you can believe it. Of all the dive bars in all the world, that’s where I saw my first drag show. I was 19. And there was this queen there —Ginger Snaps. She was a pointer-sister. She really served up the fantasy. I said to myself, that looks like a lot of […]

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PRAYER TO ST. MARTHA by Leah Silvieus

Late August the galley blooms              fruit flies, smoke-winged & garnet-eyed, circling the soft caves   of over-sweet summer fruit: pear & blueberry, clingstone                                       peach. Each night I pray resurrection   but am deceived. Faith is not feast                        but desire, not beauty of the table but what drags us starving                                         there –  what was buried […]

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THREE POEMS by Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick

ISADORE—THERE IS A DOOR SOMEWHERE   paused in the breath of a thousand horses where we wait for light to catch our arms, bodies into nets, golden sea flecked with ravens’   wings. Dear, I want to fly as quick as I can into a canyon, leap hard into your eyelids—how they never formed enough […]

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TWO POEMS by Danielle Mitchell

GOOGLE CENTO             Enter: kim kardashian body If you know nothing else about Kim Kardashian, you know that she is an actual woman, a physical body: 5 feet 2 inches, 130 pounds, 38-26-42, 34D Kim Kardashian is queen of her self-made kingdom Kim Kardashian’s Entire Body Is Naked in These […]

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excerpt from FIEBRE TROPICAL by Juliana Delgado Lopera

I met the Pastores at Iglesia Cristiana Jesucristo Redentor two days after we landed. To my surprise the church was a room, a room, inside The Hyatt a few blocks from our house. Was I the only one appalled by its lack of holiness? Did Mami wave her estrato like a flag of entitlement and […]

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THREE POEMS by avery r. young

new testament i. in temple   mudda:              boy!!!!!!!                              gonna make my hair fall                              worryin if yo life                              still on dis side                              of groun(d)                              us been three day(s)                              lookin fo u                              u in herr                              runnin                              yo mouf hey-zeus:          dunno y                              u worryin                              bout me                              u know                              whatchu had me fo                              i handlin                              my father                              bidness mudda:              my God!!!!!   […]

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FWR Monthly: August 2015

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The idea of voice has been hot on my mind lately. I think the ongoing work of folks like Amanda Johnston (one of the founders of Black Poets Speak Out)…

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Ghosting, Invisibility and the Erasure of Particular Bodies: A Spell by Chris Abani

Introduction by Poetry Editor Nathan McClain: At our 20th annual Cave Canem Retreat last week, I learned that a camera, no matter how good a camera, is mechanical. This sounds like a simple statement, I know, but what it means is that a camera doesn’t see what you see; a camera only sees what’s in front […]

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ON THE PHOTOGRAPH: AN INTERVIEW with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

from FWR Poetry Editor Nathan McClain: While at Cave Canem, I had the opportunity to chat with, and interview, poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths on the functionality and nature of photography and, more specifically, how aspects of the gaze and engagement contribute to a photo’s overall work. Her responses were far too wonderful and […]

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TWO POEMS by Sierra Golden

LIGHT BOAT n. A small fishing boat equipped with several 1,000-watt light bulbs hung from aluminum shades to attract squid to commercial fishing grounds. Jesse isn’t really a pirate, but the Coast Guard thinks so when he calls to say he found a body. It doesn’t matter that she’s still alive, so cold she stopped […]

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