TS Mag: Nonfiction

In Memoriam: Tom Raworth, by Martin Corless-Smith

I knew Tom for about 20 years. Or ten minutes.  It’s odd to say knew, instead of know. I’ll say know. He was as open and opaque when I first met him at a reading in DC as when I last saw him at his flat in Hove. Like a pond of fish—an elegant electric-fast consciousness that withdrew if you delved too deep. It was as if he was saying, I’m right here, it’s all right here. What you get is what you see.

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What I’m Reading Now … by Natanya Ann Pulley

Natanya Ann Pulley on Whereas, by Layli Longsoldier; “Women in the Fracklands,” by Toni Jenson; “Nádleehí: One Who Changes,” by Byron Aspaas; Bruja, by Wendy C. Ortiz; Descent, by Tim Johnston; The Black Panther, by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze; The Warren, by Brian Evenson; and We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People, by Dao Strom.

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Piper Daniels, “Sirens”

An exceptional essay on self-harm and suicide, which we’re publishing in time for Christmas 2016. “If human life is an oath, then suicide for me was like an oath recited backwards, a protest against the physical body that gave entrance to that first strange and violent ghost and all that followed,” writes Piper Daniels. “This is a call to the damaged, the suicidal, and the mentally ill who feel as though they are drowning in darkness. I see you. I see your beauty.”

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