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When a healthy person wakes up from a good night’s sleep, they feel refreshed and ready to take on the world. When I wake up from eight hours of mostly interrupted sleep, my bladder’s burning, my abdomen hurts, my joints are achy…my whole body could use another eight hours of sleep, maybe even a whole
IN DREAM: A WOMAN, IN DAY: A WOOD She sits motionless before the men she knows will let her— will pour her insides into a metal container and leave her body void of blood, organ—her body still on a chair in an open space once a woodland. Someone has to go. She knows she
By Carla Bruce-Eddings We bought a house plant a month before our daughter was born. My husband was against it: what use is a plant? He favored utility over aesthetic; a plant could contribute very little towards making our lives easier, towards lessening the brunt of responsibility we were preparing to accept. On the contrary, plants
LULLABY Body parts washed up on shore, Two hands, a leg, a chunk of a right buttock, Bleached as white as a mannequin. The little dog who found them While taking a shit was a terrier— Jack Russell, someone said—named Sally. Her owner was a gay man whose lover Had left him the night
I felt ashamed that I identified so closely to an archetype traditionally connected in the cultural psyche with sin, sex, and fault.
*Editor’s Note: The author wishes to remain anonymous. I just turned 40. Everyone said this is the year I would feel liberated and alive. I was recently divorced from a physically abusive man and was starting a new and exciting life for myself…until I got knocked up by a much younger man. I was aware
WHY I STOPPED TEACHING HISTORY AND GOT INTO REAL ESTATE Amongst schoolchildren, Ignorant of Yeats and Auden, Their sleeves all aglow with snotshine, Jittery, thirteen, glue-drunk and maudlin, Semi-circled beneath the park’s blackest pine, With a Halloween game, I show the natural Nixon, Without the cardigan moth or the lilac of Whitman. Reliving the
I pick up June by the Lower East Side’s infamous Reverend Jen and read the first few pages. Already I’m cracking up. The novel follows the life of Alice, a young artist who has recently become a submissive in a Manhattan dungeon in the 90s to pay the bills. In the opening scene, Alice has recently put on red-lipstick,
THE TRAVELING FARMER’S TALE I should never have joined the traveling farm collective. Our leader by rotation dropped us here in this place powered by synthesis. A tiny feed store fronts a 600-acre field planted with machined seed. Mutation and cancer collude in the furrows. I find a sticker wrapped around my arm.
Poetry collections that make your skin crawl with intrigue are hard to find these days, especially when it’s a multi-genre collection. Doce is not only a poet, but an illustrator. Over the past several years, he’s worked on multiple collections, which he recently compiled into one anthology. If interested, contact him to order one. He
______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Kim Vodicka (b. 1987) is the author of Aesthesia Balderdash (Trembling Pillow Press, 2012). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University (2013). Her poems, art, and other writings have been published in or are forthcoming in Shampoo, Spork, RealPoetik, Cloudheavy Zine, THEthe Poetry, Women Poets Wearing Sweatpants, Epiphany, Industrial Lunch, Moss Trill, Smoking Glue Gun, Paper Darts, The Volta, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Makeout Creek, The Electric
Madani has since written two further poetry collections, including the recently translated Tales of a Severed Head, which was a PEN American Center Poetry in Translation Award Finalist in 2013.
When I was a little kid I went through a hard core “dress up ” phase that mostly involved wearing my mother’s bridal lingerie and playing with a foam sword. I was Xena or Princess Jasmine or Alanna The Lioness from those Tamora Pierce novels. Sometimes I was even my cool older cousin Joanna, who
By Jessica Dionne There is a new kind of feminism that has been years in the making, rearing its controversial head in today’s best-selling novels and autobiographies. This new trend in writing severe heroines has been coined “gonzo feminism” by one of its originators– Gillian Flynn. Gonzo feminism is a celebration of the dark side of
SOMETIMES IN THE DARKNESS OF MYSELF I wake up homesick. Then someone turns on a lamp. She follows the ghosted hallway between now and the hours of my before-life. She barely makes a sound. I wouldn’t know she was there except for the tiny tread of her feet as she begins to climb the stairs,
Drug addiction is a persistent problem in our society. There were an estimate of 41,340 fatal drug overdoses in America in 2011. In 2013, that number jumped to 43,982. In 2oo8, Dr. Drew Pinsky of Loveline hosted a reality TV show called “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” “Celebrity Rehab,” which aired on VH1, followed a group of celebrities
A dated, strategically abbreviated list of my celebrity crushes: First, there was my (pre-adolescent, now horribly embarrassing) Kirk Cameron. Bret Michaels–waaay before Rock of Love–think the era of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” And then Jordan Knight, far more enduring and probably annoying to others. I had this poster of JK on the wall opposite my bed. Looking
Dating strangers is largely a boundaries game. It is a lesson in when to come closer, how to come closer, and when and how to walk away. It teaches you how to have thick skin. For me, a person who was in one relationship for the greater part of eight years, dating strangers has helped
If you don’t already know, Undercurrent Projects is a pretty cool spot. It’s a speakeasy gallery run by Katie Peyton in the East Village that tends to host collaborative art projects–ranging from visual art, poetry, music, performance art, and more. Right now, “Feral City” has found its home there. Elisha Wagman is the curator for
Discovery: I’ve been lucky this past couple of years to work with health practitioners who take a holistic approach, frequently stepping outside the bounds of traditional medicine. My last therapist was just as willing to dissect my experiences from a Jungian perspective as she was to let me know how the changes in planetary alignment
Sometimes writing just makes you feel something. It’s hard to explain exactly what’s right about it, but you know it’s there. That the writer GETS YOU. And what they say is true: a great poem should force you to read it again and again. You should find yourself revisiting it because the words describe you
By Patricia Grisafi Growing up in Suffern, New York, there was not much to do. I was a bookish girl who didn’t have many friends. I also got bullied. A few reasons: 1) I had a big nose 2) I had big breasts 3) Then the next day I was flat-chested 4) I thought I
Just think of all the exciting sexual positions you can try with your wife that might be pleasurable in ways that men with straight penises will never know!
BY SERENA AGUSTO-COX Virgin (2003), written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier, is a raw look at a young misfit virgin, Jessie Reynolds (played by Elisabeth Moss), stuck in a born-again Christian town. Her sister is a goody two-shoes who dedicates each cross-country race to God, follows her parents’ lead, and strives to be the angel everyone
If you missed it last time, I reviewed the Sh! Wand Massager and Discreet Vibrator. This time, I’m going to be reviewing the the Liberator Fascinator Throe and the Bad Dragon Tentacle. Liberator Fascinator Throe It’s difficult to give you all a review of this product without giving you what could be dubbed as way
Alice in Greenpoint (Finishing Line Press, 2015) by Iva Ticic is a debut worthy of much praise. Ticic creates a landscape where the speaker is trying to find a home in a new world, so to speak, most notably in the ever-changing, strangely artificial world of Brooklyn, in America, in a land of shiny and
One (or two?) years ago, on a newly-Autumn night, I’m sitting with six or so of my closest friends at a dive bar in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, one of those places where you can still smoke cigarettes inside for some reason (always better not to question this but to accept and god bless it). We are
Last week, I landed in London with my love glasses on. For me, travel is the only way to wash the palette clean and find perspective. After a close friend’s wedding in Northern England, I decided to take the one-hour train to Edinburgh and check out Scotland on my own. I was there for about 72
Hoodoo witches speak out about the appropriation of their magic: “‘Some people will just read one book on Hoodoo and start selling oils online to make a quick buck,” he says. “To me, that’s appropriation.’” -Gabby Bess in Broadly. Why coming out as bisexual shouldn’t be an overshare: “My current closet is a lesbian one.
I’ve been musing on ritual and the benefits it can provide, and, lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading about the occult. I came to this area of study academically as part of my own creative and critical work on the occult and its relationship to poetry. Soon, I found myself having a
This post originally appears on kitschy.nu. I’m beginning a love affair with dark metallic blue nail polish and it’s the bee’s knees. With a smooth application, the polish took a whole week for one chip to appear. Not to mention, I feel like a vamp in it, but get to switch it up
Reclaim your wildness. Reclaim your instinct, your power… Your Weekly Tarot for 09/28/2015-10/04/2015.
By Ashley Barry I beheaded my father when I was just seven years old. It was a rite of passage that marked my transition from powerless child to supreme sovereign. I could hear the blood flowing in my ears, a horrible rhythm, as I lifted my tiny hand and gave the command. My nostrils flared
The fear of madness is so great that the insane have populated horror films ever since there were horror films. In fact, it could be argue that the genesis of horror films was in those about the mad. Films such as The Snake Pit and Shock Corridor are the true origins of the scary movies
I’m going to publish this under “E.” I won’t use my real name. Why not? Because I fear that the stigma surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder may affect my personal life as well as my career. Perhaps one day I will be able to take that risk. Perhaps one day saying, “Hi my name
In my phone, there is a boy under the name “Capitalist.” He is a proud, honest, terrifyingly sharp force in my life. His pragmatism is almost fictitious. He represents everything I have ever chafed up against. In 6th grade, he punched me in the face. I went up to him last night at the county
We had the opportunity to chat with artist Natascha Scrivener who lives and works in Suffolk, England. Mrs. Scrivener has also been kind enough to share some of her stunning artwork with us here at Luna Luna Magazine. We are honored to feature her. Please welcome Natascha Scrivener. — You are a sketch artist and painter, and you are
The rules and regulations of Wicca have always felt foreign to me, even as an eager sixteen-year-old babywitch devouring every new age book I could get my hands on and trying desperately to find a path I could call my own. Goddesses, nature, make love not war, dancing naked under the full moon, songs, drums,
My dirty secret has always been that it’s of course about me. –Eileen Myles You don’t feel half as much pain and sadness when we’re apart You don’t feel anything at all Except yourself. –Genna Rivieccio, Bowery Poetry Club, 9/14/15 — I was introduced to read a week ago at the Bowery Poetry Club…Cafe? Are
Carrie Hammer is a pioneer in the fashion industry. She made history when she featured Jamie Brewer, a talented actress with Down’s Syndrome, in her show at New York Fashion Week. Ms. Hammer is dedicating her life to helping redefine our culture’s standard of beauty. She is committed to showcasing strong, independent women in her
Editor’s Note: The author of this piece wishes to remain anonymous. We are respecting the author’s wishes. I’m saying this loudly. I’m saying this loudly because it needs to be said. When I was in college, I was raped. I wasn’t even 21 yet. As if being raped—and finally realizing I had actually been raped—I
In which I whisper to you about the nightmares I continuously have.
Reading books in 2015 is not hard to do. We have plenty of options–public library, major & indie bookstores, e-readers, and book clubs. I’m pretty grateful, really, to live in this time. So many of us groan about how no one reads anymore and how the publishing industry sucks, but let’s look on the bright side:
It’s been five years since I visited Scotland, the home of my paternal ancestors, and it was far from the tartan-clad, bagpipe-playing, haggis-eating oasis I was half-expecting. That’s because the Scottish stereotypes Americans buy into stem from the Highlands, and I spent the majority of my six weeks exploring the haunting city of Glasgow. But
“Anxiety is vigilant”–says Lyn Hejinian in her landmark work, “My Life”–and she’s right. I haven’t slept for forty hours and am surviving only on the tense possibility of my future and several cups of coffee. With colleges to apply for (hopefully get accepted into), and eventually a degree to choose, attain, and go in debt
I met my ex-husband’s grandmother when she was still quite the vital old lady. She drove her own car at eighty, even though she could barely see over the dash. A serious devout Catholic, Grandma Marge had a mind of her own and never a hair out of place. I thought for sure she would
So, you’ve all probably already heard of Yi-Fen Chou. You probably all know Chou does not exist, is not a human, is the invention of a white dude named Michael Derrick Hudson. You are probably mad and upset and disappointed, not just at him, but at the entire poetry community. You are right to feel all of
We found some weird stuff on Etsy.
By Drew Mollo Although the comic book genre is targeted for males, women have a strong presence within comics and that has only strengthened over the years. Women superheroes or villains can be members of legendary super teams, hold their own comic book series, star in mega-blockbuster movies or have hundreds to thousands of cosplayers