not written a love poem
since the last
time I was
crossing a busy
that thick black braid trailing
down and running
to reach it
so now I am
writing a love poem
like a fool who is
that black hair curled this
time around stepping off the
curb in time to be
hit and killed and
smiling all the way
MANY OF ME
How many of me
or those like me
are hovering birdlike,
their bodies, looking
down and knowing
this is not something
to drink from. This
is not a pink dahlia.
This not the body
we can survive off,
but it is all we have.
HAVE I LOST
God! Have I lost that
Thing I had that made people go
OH this is a poem! OH this is a thing which makes me know
This is a hand pulling off a veil in some
old gothic where the face underneath is beautiful maybe either that
or it is hideous and you watch cause it is writhing and ready to speak
This is digging a nail into the dimple of a cutie nectarine and opening it and splitting it into
All of its pieces
So that we can all share it while we are at lunch in kindergarten
And so that we may each tear into it with
That vigor that only children have
Hollis Teves is a non-binary queer poet who lives and works in Orange, CA and San Diego, CA. Their work has previously appeared in Calliope, Sapere Aude, The Messy Heads, Neologism Poetry Journal, and elsewhere, and they are the co-editor-in-chief of The Fruit Tree. Contact them at email@example.com or on Twitter @unisexlove.
Facebook Fundraiser For Quail Bell Magazine’s Her Plumage Anthology To Benefit National Gender Violence Nonprofit
Facebook Fundraiser For Quail Bell Magazine’s Her Plumage Anthology
To Benefit National Gender Violence Nonprofit
The anthology will include work by women writers to benefit She Is Rising, a national nonprofit devoted to supporting survivors of gender-based violence. Please help us spread the word on your platform!
This summer, Eudaimonia Press (New York City) will release Her Plumage, a benefit anthology curated and edited by Quail Bell Magazine (Brooklyn, NY), featuring a variety of contemporary women’s writing from the publication. All proceeds will go to She Is Rising (Austin, TX), a national nonprofit dedicated to helping the survivors of gender violence. Her Plumage, Quail Bell’s third anthology, will be published in early summer 2019. The title will include many pieces from regular female contributors, as well as the team’s favorite submissions from women writers world-wide. This includes the work of founding editor, Christine Sloan Stoddard (b. Arlington, VA), an author and artist based in Brooklyn. The magazine previously published two anthologies from Richmond, VA-based publisher, Brandylane Publishers/Belle Isle Books: Airborne: An Anthology of the Real and The Nest: An Anthology of the Unreal.
Because the anthology is benefiting charity, Quail Bell has launched a Facebook fundraiser in order to provide each contributor and editor a copy of the anthology. They are aiming to raise $1,200 to cover expenses by April 29, 2019. Please spread the word about the fundraiser in articles, blog posts, and social media, and consider donating today:
About Quail Bell: Quail Bell Magazine is a feminist publication and community for real and unreal stories from around the world. We have a special love for the imaginary, nostalgic, and otherworldly. Our go-to spell? Art + Ideas = Magic. Read the mission statement here.
Christine Sloan Stoddard/"Luna Lark"
Founder, Quail Bell Magazine
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