'Blue Hanuman' by Joan Larkin

“for I am a dirty bird/no wire cage can save” -Joan Larkin, “Chicken” Joan Larkin has been praised extensively for her “ruthless” and self-examining poetry (LA Times, David Ulin), devoid of the trappings of cliché and sentimentality. Writing in the same kind of documentary poetics similar to Carolyn Forche, Larkin has a gift for making… read more

'Pinko' and 'a box of longing with fifty drawers' by Jen Benka

In 1985, I was fifteen years old; I subscribed to Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics. The first issue of my subscription had a black cover with white type and a listing of different words for feminists: activists, organizers, progressives, visionaries, etc. As the words progressed down the page, they moved from the… read more