FALL 2020

Issue

Fourteen

CONTENT WARNING: WORK IN THIS ISSUE CONTAINS POTENTIALLY TRIGGERING CONTENT.

Folio: Inside Voices

Inside Voices is a collection of poems and essays by incarcerated writers in Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township, New Jersey. We received submissions via mail and accepted every piece sent to us. The work is presented in its original, unedited form.

POETRY

Dawn Jackson

“Thirty years of hurt dangled it's ugly head,

A strayed peacock with plucked feathers.”

NONFICTION

Taheira Hickmond

“As a Queer woman I had to learn about the 'in's' and 'out's' of sexuality and love.”

POETRY

Kandise Dixey

The pain I have seen will not stop me from traveling within my own heart.”

POETRY

Rachel Atkinson

“You live in moments bred from regrets of years gone by.”

POETRY

Gloria Arroyo

“All I wanted to do was escape / The black & blues / Of abuse”

POETRY

Julie Walker

“Indistructable; / fully incapable of degeneration”

Fiction

Edited by Tony Wei Ling

I Will Make You Remember Me

“I need someone to investigate my past,” said Cacau, firmer than before. “I don’t remember anything.”

H. PUEYO

I have dreams of living at our old house

“the monitoring goes beyond the false horizons of death and the body, tracked until the traces made by the tracking of the body take its place.”

JORDAN JACE

Real Work You Deserve

“She can feel the grime scraping along her lungs, stuck there, multiplying into a colony or some other bullshit she has no way of treating.”

M. TÉLLEZ

Poetry

Edited by Jennifer Soong

Two Poems

“no more waking up spatula in hand to walk down down down down down down down”

IAN DREIBLATT

Hope is Weird

“Futurity is born in the catalogue of the not yet foreclosed upon. How I have hoped through this hope. Future is losing emptiness.”

NORA TREATBABY

Two Poems

“No. It’s not there either. / Let it be stolen, / thrumming on skin / somewhere, just not here anymore.”

XIAO YUMI

Two Poems

“I don’t say what he cannot say, because I know silence is another word for a bomb. I don’t say what I know what I’ve always known. That I feel it too.”

CHRIS CAMPANIONI

Three Poems

“It’s been raining since I arrived / and it was raining before.”

SUZANNE HIGHLAND

Two Poems

“e c h o: I cannot say / r e s i s t a n c e: I cannot say / e c h o: what kind of echo / r e s i s t a n c e: what kind of echo”

ASIYA WADUD

Tahini Toast

“The sky is thick with smoke today and tiny particles of ash are falling from the sky. / Everyone says: it’s so apocalyptic.”

ANDREW BROOKS

Ibyanga, Segyehwa

“No mention is made of international adoption / 1. Logical phase of westernization / 2. Logical symptom of globalization / 3. Logical conclusion of neocolonization”

KIM STOKER

Nonfiction

Edited by Meghan Lamb

Book Honeyed and The Book Thrower

“I hear you asking, you who are sitting at the very back of this book, who was sleeping earlier, what book did you choose?”

ALISTAIR MCCARTNEY

Big Box

“The side of the road is accented by a number of seemingly functionless sky blue boxes, accented by an American flag, accented by non-native plants.”

CLAIRE DONATO

an expanse of the transparent . . . 

“a beach is not a place, not exactly. it only seems to come to exist when you need it.”

TERESA MESTIZO

transtemporal

A passed-down baby blanket, pink-yellow-blue, and all these years no baby. The things I keep are a language that no one speaks but me.

SYLVIA SUKOP

Greenwood

“Sometimes, what’s wrong is right there floating on the surface like a layer of film, barely set. The appearance of normalcy is just that.”

SYDNEY S. KIM

Father Figure

“We crossed borders as we pleased. White mother, brown stepfather, Black daughter. We flipped radio stations as we drove between the city and the suburbs.”

STACY PARKER LE MELLE

My own path of hybridity

We can support each other, but we each still have to do the hard work alone.

DAO STROM

Art

Edited by Xime Izquierdo Ugaz, Tony Wei Ling, & Martha Newbigging

INTERVIEW

A Utopian Society Full of Black Women

I’ve always drawn women coming together and just being themselves.

TAIRA RICE

ESSAY

Drawing as Repertoire

Coco Guzman, Jeffrey Cheung, and Syrus Marcus Ware all make drawn marks to represent the human form.

MARTHA NEWBIGGING

INTERVIEW

Little Sacred Objects

“I wouldn’t ever deny that my work is associated with cuteness, because it is in relation to it, but I can’t name yet how it’s functioning . . . ”

MEI KAZAMA

INTERVIEW

Use your voice without fear

“I love myself completely, I will never doubt myself again.”

AYLEEN MAYTE

Sign up for our mailing list

Nat. Brut is a proud winner of a 2020 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize