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By Kawika Guillermo
Punk poetics is a form of musically-infused writing shaped by queer and trans authors like Patti Smith, Kathy Acker, Kai Cheng Thom. Like punk rock, punk poetics can crowd-surf us along the rhythmic tug of words, only to drop us into a circle pit and leave readers bruised and gasping for air.

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By Patricia Silva
On Selfhood: Young Lesbians assembles art works, ephemera, and oral histories from 36 marginalized urban lesbians, ages 18-25. Installed as a multidisciplinary exhibition grounded in personal collections and an interactive collage, On Selfhood.

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In 2017, Issues, a zine-in-residence ini­tiative started by Hello Mr., transported Colby Anderson and Yezmin Villarreal’s visions for a queer alternative publi­cation from an idea into a reality. BRUNCH CLUB, Colby Anderson’s pub­lication, exclusively highlights trans and queer people of color. Dyke Queen, Yezmin Villarreal’s project, is a magazine about QTPOC literature, style, and art.

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By Jonah Newman
I craved my teammates’ acceptance and respect, and it couldn’t have been clearer that these would never be extended to anyone other than a cisgender, heterosexual man.

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By Subhaga Crystal Bacon
I say I came out formally at that time because I had long since come out to myself one summer afternoon in elementary school while riding my bike. I can still see the scene as if it were yesterday: The purple bike with its chopper handlebars and white banana seat.

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By David Cameron Strachan
In junior high school, I saw that I wasn’t developing like other boys. I was teased for my small genitals and breast growth. Our family doctor assured my mother that I’d eventually be “normal” but my biology textbook gave me doubts: it said “giants are usually sterile.”

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Book Reviews

A Quarterly of One’s Own

  DECADENT WOMEN Yellow Book Lives by Jad Adams Reaktion Books. 388 ages, $30. SET IN THE OFFICES of a Victorian magazine that he edited, many of Anthony Trollope’s later short stories fictionalize his encounters with aspiring authors, whether talented or not, ambitious or retiring, male or female, but overwhelmingly the latter. Given the successMore

An Exhibit to Revisit

A new catalogue for About Face published by Monacelli Press includes elucidating essays and texts by Julian Carter, Anthony Cianciolo, Amelia Jones, Ava L. J. Kim, Joshua Chambers-Letson, Christopher Reed, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Dagmawi Woubshet. This lushly designed book with 300 illustrations is proof of concept for Katz’ curatorial vision.

Of Bars and Bookstores

FOR LESBIANS of a certain age, reading June Thomas’ A Place of Our Own may bring on a wave of nostalgia, especially the parts about the 1970s and ’80s. Thomas has written a breezy yet substantial history of six types of spaces that have been important to our culture: lesbian bars, feminist bookstores, the softball diamond, lesbian land, feminist sex-toy stores, and vacation destinations. Each sort of space has its own unique vibe, but they all share a history of lesbians trying, and often failing, to make it in a heteronormative capitalistic society while prioritizing lesbian feminist ideals. The efforts were often heroic and the results transformative in the lives of the women who spent time in these spaces.

Postcards to Paris

            Wojnarowicz’ importance to my thinking about art, life, and death in the age of AIDS has only deepened over the years. But when I went to see “Dear Jean Pierre,” an exhibition of letters and postcards sent mostly between 1979 and ’82 to his on-again, off-again French lover Jean Pierre Delage, I confess I was looking for a different, more intimate connection. The exhibition, curated by Anneliis Beadnell and Cynthia Carr for New York’s PPOW Gallery in spring 2022, didn’t entirely dash that hope. Most of the exhibited material is now available in Dear Jean Pierre, which reproduces the correspondence in full color and scale.

Find Your Muse Here

            In keeping with this mission, The Pagoda is just such a work. The book is a well-researched account of a women’s land community that flourished near St. Augustine, Florida, for 22 years. Surprisingly, information about The Pagoda rarely appears in academic literature about women’s communities, and many contemporary lesbian scholars haven’t heard of it. This circumstance is due in part to the intentional secrecy of the community itself.

A Life in Episodes (#1–35)

            Another Word for Love unfolds in 35 loosely chronological episodes, but the title prompts an immediate question: What is that other word?

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