PRISM 52:2 LOVE & SEX launches just in time for Valentine’s Day and beyond with sensuous, salacious tales of love and lust to warm those cold winter nights. Pick up an issue now and keep us on your nightstand for a little literary pillow talk. Here’s a taste of each piece to get your mouth watering:
Bev Craddock’s short story “The Bodies in the Lake” explores the meaning and limitations of friendship through a series of sharp, poignant vignettes.
Patrick Grace’s “Layover” navigates that delicate mix of eros and pathos intrinsic in chance encounters and discovers in the process that love and loss are perhaps inextricably linked.
Jessica Saunders’ quiet, contemplative epistle, “Kananaskis (Can I Ask This?),” explores the bittersweet aftereffects of physical passion and the void that remains when “nothing of me is left in you / not even a knuckle / not even a request that I might still withdraw.”
In Karen J Lee’s memoir “Happy Hour,” the author processes the sudden dissolution of her decades-long marriage at a remote cabin on one of BC’s gulf islands.
In “My Montreal Vagina,” “Petrified,” and “Red Mailboxes,” Billeh Nickerson highlights the humour and melancholy intrinsic in human relationships, walking us through doctors’ offices, lonely hotel rooms, and empty streets.
Twin villanelles by Ariella Jenkins (Spanish by Ezequiel Zaidenwerg) “My villanelle is just a stroke of luck” and “My villanelle is written by a creep” demonstrate the resilience of form and sex appeal to transcend the limitations of any one language.
In “Butterfly On the Mountain” by Mark Anthony Jarman, a man pursues forbidden love against the backdrop of contemporary Rome and all its dramatic contrasts.
“Shame” by Nabil Boschman turns the tables on your average love poem, admonishing the speaker directly and exploring those awkward, all-too-common undercurrents of adolescent romance.
Michael Prior’s “Love as an Orange” takes its basic shape and lyricism from the sonnets and madrigals of yore, updating the language to make room for the casual “compost” and “naked globe[s] of light” of modern life.
“Devil’s Lake” by Astrid Blodgett tells the story of a young girl’s heartrending attempts to connect with her distracted father on a skating trip.
“Shaken by Want” and “Sonnet LX” exemplify Amy Wright’s vigilant attention to detail and her insightful, playful exploration of female desire.
Dedicated to former PRISM contributors Amber Dawn and July Westhale, “I Love Hard Girls” is Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’ s raucous, sexy ode to “girls who wanna set shit on fire, / whose cut eye can penetrate oil spills.”
Kevin Hardcastle’s “One We Could Stand to Lose” tells the story of an isolated man’s complicated love for the decrepit flop house where he has worked for years.
Andrew King’s tongue-in-cheek take on a sonnet, “Love Poems Don’t Work,” anthropomorphizes the love poem into a lazy, unemployed lump, who “slouches around in greasy pants” and who, by the end, takes a beating from a jealous lover.
In her essay “Through the Rockies,” Jody Smiling mediates on love, memory, and how the stories we tell ourselves and each other shape the way we see our lives.
Taking cues from Margaret Atwood as well as the so-called Confessionalists of the 60s, Jessica Rae Bergamino’s poem “Hook & Eye” delicately interweaves the wistfulness of childhood memory with “the weight of forty.”
Miki Fukuda’s cerebral poem “Puella” teases apart the subtle linguistic implications of Latin phonetics, and in the process reveals what it meant to be a girl in ancient Rome.
In “Syzygy” by Laura Legge, two married astronauts work through their relationship issues and, of course, attempt zero gravity sex while on a mission to Mars.
And how about that cover image! Sifting through countless potential covers, Executive Editor Sierra Skye Gemma suggested that we wear our heart on our sleeve, so to speak, and voila! an actual human heart angiogram, courtesy of Science Source Images.
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