Avra Margariti: Two Poems

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How do you navigate love in the midst of your family’s historical trauma? Avra Margariti questions the closets we put ourselves in for necessity and survival with “Grandma’s Wars” and “Two Birds.”

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SP Mulroy: Four Poems

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SP Mulroy’s poems explore the potential lives passed away queer Hollywood figures may have lived, and the ways they may have inhabited the world.

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What They Knew

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We sat together in art class. She practiced her calligraphy and I painted beaches.
Lito asked me if she had turned me into a lesbian.

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PoetryArea Guede
Storm At Sea

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Nobody will tell you the secret
behind those stories:
they were written by men
who want to believe
that women are nothing more
than ships that cannot sail.

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PoetrySarena Tien