Writers share the books they have turned to when imagining a world without without cages

By Rachel Kuo
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Marginalia

What histories and discourses are inscribed on the body?

Fiction

“Scared, Starlight?” my big brother said smiling at me as we’d strapped our harnesses into place. “Don’t be.”

Fiction

She, like the others, could only slightly feel the edge of some thoughts, and some memories. It was better that way, they all agreed.

Poetry

Through the radio speakers / I hear a woman shivering. I think of my friend, newly pregnant, / also on her way to work, how she’ll twist a ring off her swollen finger.

Essays

Sometimes I’m mad at you for never teaching me how to get away. / Sometimes I’m mad at myself for opening a door I could not close.

Essays

Not upon, over, at, or near, rape is not adjacent to anything. It is the thing.

Essays

When it comes to how rape culture is enabled, made mundane, what are the hard questions we have not yet posed?

Marginalia

How our writers have helped us name, respond to, and imagine beyond the politics of the past four years

Interviews

A dancing partnership blooms into a Bollywood romance.

Fiction

Astrological insights from our inaugural twelve flash stories

Poetry

lord, please gift me that same wonder. / to pause hunger for a larger suspension

Interviews

Mundane solidarity helped us meet outside of linear time and embrace ourselves as the whole suns we are.

Poetry

At the door, like a dog. / I waited for love. / The heart / was a station / where evenings stopped.

Essays

Even though you didn’t say “no” in what you’ve been told is the “right” way to say no, you were saying no.

Essays

Sometimes it is easier to call the truth a story or a song. / What some deem repression, I name reflections.

Poetry

A golden teardrop in the making. The skin stretched pale and translucent, leaving the flesh to its own devices in an increasingly dangerous season. The fruit will not travel far.

Fiction

It is 10:40 a.m., I stare up at the ceiling, a collection of imprints. I am trying to count how many animals I can see sheeted above my head in all four corners.

Poetry

stories that seethe in the blood: a lion / that slumbers in the copper pillar of her / body.

Marginalia

What histories and discourses are inscribed on the body?

Poetry

lord, please gift me that same wonder. / to pause hunger for a larger suspension

Fiction

“Scared, Starlight?” my big brother said smiling at me as we’d strapped our harnesses into place. “Don’t be.”

Interviews

Mundane solidarity helped us meet outside of linear time and embrace ourselves as the whole suns we are.

Fiction

She, like the others, could only slightly feel the edge of some thoughts, and some memories. It was better that way, they all agreed.

Poetry

At the door, like a dog. / I waited for love. / The heart / was a station / where evenings stopped.

Poetry

Through the radio speakers / I hear a woman shivering. I think of my friend, newly pregnant, / also on her way to work, how she’ll twist a ring off her swollen finger.

Essays

Even though you didn’t say “no” in what you’ve been told is the “right” way to say no, you were saying no.

Essays

Sometimes I’m mad at you for never teaching me how to get away. / Sometimes I’m mad at myself for opening a door I could not close.

Essays

Sometimes it is easier to call the truth a story or a song. / What some deem repression, I name reflections.

Essays

Not upon, over, at, or near, rape is not adjacent to anything. It is the thing.

Poetry

A golden teardrop in the making. The skin stretched pale and translucent, leaving the flesh to its own devices in an increasingly dangerous season. The fruit will not travel far.

Essays

When it comes to how rape culture is enabled, made mundane, what are the hard questions we have not yet posed?

Fiction

It is 10:40 a.m., I stare up at the ceiling, a collection of imprints. I am trying to count how many animals I can see sheeted above my head in all four corners.

Marginalia

How our writers have helped us name, respond to, and imagine beyond the politics of the past four years

Interviews

A dancing partnership blooms into a Bollywood romance.

Fiction

Astrological insights from our inaugural twelve flash stories

Poetry

stories that seethe in the blood: a lion / that slumbers in the copper pillar of her / body.