This selection, chosen by guest editor JJ Rowan, is from space neon neon space by luna rey hall, released by Variant Lit in 2022.
say it with me
text of poem
we want a queer-ass story, with queer-ass characters, in a queer-ass setting with them queer-ass earrings & boots & those queer-ass flicks, & subtle shades of gemstone, tongues ravaged by love, that queer-ass elder letting us know that new they/them tiktoking their queer ass off, that salt breeze from lake superior bristling those queer-ass nose hairs & all our hands in the water, sand caught in the fat of our cuticles, that gentleness when night begins to take over & there ain't a hint of trauma, zero sadness in this story & fuck you for thinking otherwise.
luna rey hall is a queer trans writer. they are the author of four books including the upcoming novella-in-verse the patient routine (Brigids Gate Press, 2023). her poems have appeared in The Florida Review, The Rumpus, & Raleigh Review, among others.
JJ Rowan (they/them) is a queer nonbinary writer and dancer. Their poems, not-poems, and interactive performances have appeared in the tiny, Dream Pop Journal, 45th Parallel, and at the SMOL Fair and the Splinter Collective’s Interrupted by Trains, among others. Their most recent chapbook is a simple verb (Bloof Books). They are on the editorial team at just femme & dandy. You can sign up for their newsletter, actual motion, at their website.