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These are crazy times. Your muse's hands
clutch, scored and smarting,
round a stolen slice of bread and dripping.
Her handbag, sequined silver, spills Max Factor,
banknotes bundled tight to fire the stove.
She is never quite in frame; the camera loves
the butterfly she seems, in motion always,
bright, escaping reach. In black and white
her mouth shines crimson.
Here in color, stark quicksilver light,
the lipstick fades; her smile's rough edges
catch against your teeth.
She stands, in your best-darned stockings,
and whispers at your throat: it's early yet.
Pasteboard streets stand empty.
Quiet on the set.




Selkie D'Isa is a poet, novelist, and lover of all things speculative, liminal, and numinous. She believes in ghosts, believes even harder in the internet, remains a flaming queer, and is still trying to convince her daughter that Sleipnir is not a cat. Her writing can be found in Here, We Cross: a collection of queer and genderfluid poetry from Stone Telling 1–7, The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, Queer Fish: Volume 2, and Steam-Powered 2: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories.
Current Issue
23 Mar 2020

We had never seen naked men do what we did.
True allies, then, know when to support people by being there and by not being there. Safe spaces provide community, openness, and respite.
For this first quarterly roundup of speculative fiction, put together in such difficult times, Maria Haskins' unofficial theme is hope and happiness, resilience and resistance.
Issue 16 Mar 2020
By: Lisa Nan Joo
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Jenny Thompson
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
100 African Writers of SFF - Part Fifteen: Ghana
Issue 9 Mar 2020
By: Leah Bobet
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Emily Smith
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 2 Mar 2020
By: Innocent Chizaram Ilo
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Cam Kelley
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
By: Dante Luiz
Art by: DAPENHA
Issue 24 Feb 2020
By: Mayra Paris
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 17 Feb 2020
By: Priya Sridhar
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: E. F. Schraeder
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 10 Feb 2020
By: Shannon Sanders
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
Issue 3 Feb 2020
By: Ada Hoffmann
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: S.R. Tombran
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 27 Jan 2020
By: Weston Richey
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 20 Jan 2020
By: Justin C. Key
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Jessica P. Wick
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
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