new words journal issue three - trans and gender expansive poetry.

Monstrous Cartography
by Robin Gow

Through conjuring sea monsters and holding somatic rituals, MONSTROUS CARTOGRAPHY charts and recharts the distances between self, gender, and the words we use to make ourselves legible. These poems speak simultaneously through the bodies of creatures culled from 16th and 17th-century maps and moments of present queer life. Speakers ask, answer, and ask again, how and if we can map our queer complexities.

Robin Gow (it/fae/he & él y elle) is a trans poet and witch from rural Pennsylvania. He is the author of several poetry collections, an essay collection, and Middle-Grade and YA novels. Faer novels include Ode to My First Car, A Million Quiet Revolutions, and Dear Mothman. Fae works as a community educator, calling folks into discussions around queer and disability justice. It lives with its partner Rain and their menagerie of animals.

by C. Show

GESTALT is a collection of autobiographical poems with accompanying illustrations that work in concert to play with space on the page. The chapbook takes the reader through a heartfelt journey through trauma and fear, emerging in a place of hope.

C. Show (they/them) is a Central Arkansan author who writes poetry in nontraditional forms as well as speculative fiction and satire. Their short fiction has been previously published in ImageOutWrite, Every Day Fiction, and Flash Fiction Magazine. Their chapbook GESTALT is their first poetry publication.

Each poem is accompanied by an illustration. The poems themselves are formatted in a way that plays with space on the page. As an artist, Show enjoys using space having found themself limited by traditional forms.


We have to show we are numerous quote by Sylvia rivera

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