AWP 2017

As editors and writers who work to center marginalized voices, we at Apogee continually re-examine the role of institutions in facilitating dialogue and ensuring representation. The yearly AWP conference is one such institution, which fosters a dynamic and rich literary community, while at times drawing criticism for alienating marginalized writers.

Poetry by Linette Reeman

EVERYONE I LIKE TELLS ME I REMIND THEM OF SOMEONE ELSE THEY LIKE   the not-boy slices my thighs open with their knife/tongue looks up at me, says                   you know, i’ve never fucked someone who looks like you, before oh?                     yeah, it feels                  nice i say darling. say baby. say suite. say the same thing. say suiteheart. say it again. everyone tells me on the phone i sound unexpectedly sexy. everyone remembers they had an ex-lover who was awful at dirty-talk. they want me to remind them how voices can cower. they want me to say lover. lover. lover. like someone else used to. someone i like wants me to know they found someone exactly like me. same laugh same                   hands same                   hair oh, if only i could meet them too, i would see what they mean– the not-boy forgot they had a knife/tongue and tried to lap at an old wound but ended up slicing them-self...
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An Interview with Yin Q

“Home of Desperate Magic,” the first chapter of Yin Q.’s memoir, appears on the pages of Apogee Journal Issue 08. In it, Q. begins her journey into the wounds of childhood and inherited trauma; wounds she will later seek to heal and reclaim through the ritual work of BDSM. Here she speaks with Apogee editor, Cecca Ochoa, about the radical potential of consensual pain, empowering submission, and compassionate dominance. Cecca Ochoa: “Home of Desperate Magic” is an excerpt from your memoir-in-progress, Mercy. What is your memoir about? Yin Q: Pain, magic, and reclamation. “Home of Desperate Magic” introduces the idea of using pain as a way to “break the spell.” In this case a family dealing with abuse and loss. CO: So, how exactly does physical pain heal emotional and/ or psychological pain? YQ: Just as our bodies gain muscle memory through movement–-acquiring skills and agility––our bodies also harbor emotional memory. Acupuncture and massage therapy are respected practices of tapping into the body, sometimes to fix physical ailments, but also to release energy or Chi blockage. Rituals that incorporate physical tension or pressure can tap into the psychophysical story that the body has formed. That story can be retold, reshaped, and...
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