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This home will keep you safe

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This home will keep you safe

mama always said be back before maghrib
before the sun sets in the west
not so I’d be home before namaaz
but because they wander empty streets
look for little girls like me

Poetry by Manahil Bandukwala
Artwork by Nimra Bandukwala
 

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Two Poems

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Two Poems

College boy with
too much time, reads a page
of Marquez, thinks he’s a genius.
Now, a cold body against cold
limestone.

Poetry by Eileen Huang
Illustration by Béatrice Bùi

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The First Time

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The First Time

The first time: 

I raised my question of my intersectionality

Am I Deaf? Am I POC? Am I Queer?

Poetry and illustration by Jessica Leung

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Nanjing Road

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Nanjing Road

"as if to tell us that this kind of murder is nothing
more than peeling rice off the collarbones of our

ancestors"

Poetry: Helli Fang
Illustration: Flavia Chan

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Inside of Me

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Inside of Me

"And I try so hard to be gentle
But I always step too hard on my country’s soil"

Poetry: Saba Keramati
Illustration: April Joy Milne

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Letter to my little brother

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Letter to my little brother

"Then, they want you to laugh at the hilarious accents of your uncles: memorize them while they are enchanted and alive across the dinner table, and then trade them in any inebriated room for your social capital"

 

Poetry: Geena Chen
Illustration: Elizabeth Matus

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Hong Kong Pie

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Hong Kong Pie

"don’t let the name make you think it’s Europe—
ma & pa just know how to name their babies,"

Poetry: Dorothy Chan
Illustration: Elizabeth Matus

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late august

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late august

"we must mourn the violent pain
when it chooses to speak."

Poetry: steph chin
Illustration: Elizabeth Mattus

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Selected Poetry by Kai Cheng Thom

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Selected Poetry by Kai Cheng Thom

Poetry: Kai Cheng
Photography: Võ Thiên Việt

Kai Cheng Thom is a transgender spoken word artist, poet, playwright, and writer living in Montreal. Her writing has appeared in Matrix, ditch poetry, xoJane, Montreal Review of Books, and the anthology Where the Nights are Twice of Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets, among other publications. She has performed in venues including Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

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Every Time

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Every Time

"Every time
I hear about race I wonder why
Yellow
Doesn’t even have a place"

Poetry: Henna Choi
Illustration: Elizabeth Matus

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