The Knight and the Yellow Rose

“Have you ever heard of a red rose?” The lady frowned and said, “I have, but they are extraordinarily rare – some think they do not exist.” “But they do? They aren’t a myth?” the knight said, full of hope.…

Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Incest

Graphic by Sarah Jensen  Because I was Raped By My Father   I’ve seen old age found its first suggestion in my face like so many women who were women too soon,   women who were beautiful at the wrong…

Perfume (Part I)

Graphic by Shay Suban   This is the way the story ends: Two girls, curled up together on a bed under black covers, eyes closed against the dim light reflecting off painted black walls. Smudges of pink lipstick kisses glow…

What You Don’t Know

Graphic by Shay Suban You’re not the girl of my dreams. You’re the girl of my just-before-falling-asleep, the girl of my trying thoughts on for size, the girl of my fingers resting carefully at the top of my leg and…

Late Night Thoughts

Illustration by Sarah Jensen It’s a silent, exhausted kind of happy. The drunken current in your head making everything too dim to hear The clarity when you look up at her, the simplicity of “here she is, I love her.”…

Calculations

graphic by Liana Kindler Here we go, counting the lines between the words and how the syllables fit together. Maybe if I can figure out this puzzle I’ll know what to do about you. There had to be some reason…

Grace

Original Sonnet and Illustration by Sarah Jensen     One night while I was sound asleep in bed Your grace and kindness slipped into my dream, And though these thoughts of you so pain my head, I know my love…

Tomorrow

Original poem and illustration by Sarah Jensen  Tomorrow and tomorrow and Tomorrow I tell her I love her. Well, she already knew that. She’s said it before to me. Tomorrow we find out how much our meanings of the phrase…

Dear Closeted Person: Poem and OutWrite Illustration

Dear Closeted Queer Person, You are not broken, You are not ill You are not confused, You do not need fixing You are not an abomination You are not defined by another’s terms You are not going “through a phase”…

Silence: A Poetic Reflection on Day of Silence

Illustration by Austin Wang Silence. A term of complete absence An all encompassing void Silence A form of resentment Internalized in fear Silence A state of disapproval Met with deaf ears Silence A form of oppression Born from outside and within…