June 21, 2023

For issue two, we wanted to keep things hot.

Steam off the pavement hot. Salty bodies oiled in the sun hot.

Some of these pieces moved me like anthems. Whether it’s Roméo Desmarais III’s manic exaltation of lust or Karla Linn Merrifield’s unapologetic poem to being a slut meister, there’s fire here.

In other pieces you might find, as I did, the cool respite of a moon-soaked night like in Frederick Groya’s exploration of a young man’s discovery of gay lust or B. Anne Adriaens’ poem about a young woman coming to terms with shame of her developing body. But like a cool summer breeze, they still singe with fire and may make you sweat with lines like: “my saliva becomes a varnish to keep you hard.”

This was a truly fun issue to put together and we are grateful for the opportunity to share it with you. First and foremost, we want to thank all our contributors who made this issue possible. And we also want to thank you for taking the time to read and to care.

Check out this issue's playlist here.
B. Anne Adriaens
On the irrelevance of colour
Roméo Desmarais III
Ann Iverson
The Kiss
Leila Kulpas
Orgasms like Aurora Borealis
Gracie C. McKeever
As You Sleep
Stephen Mead
In the Half Light
Some Scenes of Bliss
Karla Linn Merrifield
#26: Slut Meister
#49: Fucking by Numbers
#53: From Letters of a Voyage to Remember
Hazelle Rachelle
spider lips
the girls employ subtle transformations while carefully observing one another / the girls perform femininity in tandem while sustaining moderate corneal damage
Frederick Groya
Bill Hemmig
Tim McGlue
The Falconer
Natasha Nunn
The Goatman
R. P. Singletary
Blushin’ wastes energy
Austin Treat
Natalie’s New Hands
Creative Non-Fiction
Danny Fantom
Subtle and Simple
Visual Art
Erika Baker
Lust Monster