Issue 07

Summer 2016

Many of the pieces in Apogee Issue 07 deal with mourning: JP Howard’s powerful essay on losing her mother; Soraya Shalforoosh’s poem narrated on her late father’s birthday; and Fatimah Asghar’s poem, where the speaker asks about a young boy “executed in an alley way”—“Can we get him back?” Themes of childhood lost emerge in radhiyah ayobami’s essay on teenage motherhood, and in Hadeel Salameh’s short fiction, wherein she explores the trauma of human trafficking through a dreamscape. Loss permeates the imagination and memory as Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas writes in his lyric essay, “Memory is not any one person’s task, memory is something we build together. The reason for this is because memory is a burden.” Issue 07 is a home for these memories. We offer them to the community to hold with us, in hopes that our many hands will ease the weight.

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Table of Contents


manuel arturo abreu, 3 poems
Fatimah Asghar, 9 of Disks
Quenton Baker, Self-Portrait by Quenton Baker
Robert Balun, Ritual
Aaron Coleman, Elegy For Apogee
Shira Erlichman, Ode to Lithium #-18: Postscript to Mania
Marwa Helal, of ritual
Kamden Hilliard, SUGAR / SICK
Saretta Morgan, from Auto-Index
Jax NTP, 2 poems
Soraya Shalforoosh, You would have been seventy-seven today
Claire Schwartz, testimony, from the sidewalk beneath them
Nikki Wallschlaeger, This Body Keeps the Keys


radhiyah ayobami, what we volunteered for
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Notes on Returning to San Francisco Twenty-Five Years Later
Naomi Extra, Blackgirl Pleasure Notes: Life, Sex, & ‘90s Black Cinema
JP Howard, Goodbye, Mama
Maura Pellettieri, Before I Began
Laura Villareal, Hastings Entertainment
Tana Wojczuk, God’s Body


Dennis Norris II, The Reverend
Michael Leal García, Clown Cars
Héctor Ramírez, Auténtico
Hadeel Salameh, REM Cycles
Chris L. Terry, I Got Into Punk After


Safia Jama, On Poetry, Film & the Black Imagination: An Interview with A. Van Jordan
Esmé-Michelle Watkins, Race, Writing, and the Mixed Experience: an Interview with Heidi Durrow

Visual Art

Jennifer Packer
Hank Willis Thomas
Zadie Xa
Firelei Báez (cover artist)
Tabita Rezaire
Phoebe Collings-James
Juliana Huxtable
Cat Frazier
Sondra Perry