Colm Tóibín noted, after watching countless performances of his play The Testament of Mary, “what happens to powerlessness once you add voice.” He was becoming aware of the power of the subjugated body that, having been silent for so long, suddenly recovers speech. Our newest issue, Spring Creep, is a testament to those voices which have been silenced for so long.
The transfiguration of the season evokes something not quite incorporeal. Spring’s light blurs the distinctions between certain states of matter. Like Spring, the works featured in this issue occupy a liminality, stretch their arms forward, taut and quivering. This collection of poetry is united its restlessness, its uncurling towards the sun; and our non-fiction explores both the yearning for speech and communion with each other. We hope you enjoy.
“KNIFELIKE” and “WARLIKE” by Alex Manley
from Listen Before Transmit by Dani Couture
“BUT TELL THE INCREDIBLE UNSTOPPABLE GIRL WONDER” by Elizabeth O’Brien
from Surfaces by Eric Schmaltz
“Cityscape / hairnet” by Klara du Plessis
from Excess—The Factory by Leslie Kaplan, translated by Julie Carr & Jennifer Pap
from Common Place by Sarah Pinder
from The Receiver by Sharon Thesen
“Manifest Manifest” by Simon Brown
“FOR YEARS THEY WANTED ME TO RESIST” by Zoe Sharpe
Alisha Dukelow on Anne Boyer’s A Handbook of Disappointed Fate
Women Take Over the Richler Room
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