Mala Rai

Erase and Rewind by Meghan Bell

The stories in Erase and Rewind probe the complexities of living as a woman in a skewed society. Told from the perspective of female protagonists, the pick at at rape culture, sexism in the workplace, uneven romantic and platonic relationships, and the impact of trauma under late-stage capitalism. Quirky, intelligent, and darkly comic, Meghan Bell's debut collection is a highwire balance of levity and gravity, finding the surreal in everyday life.

Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo

Are we ever free from our pasts? Can we ever truly know the people we are closest to? Seductive and tension-filled, Polar Vortex is a story of secrets, deceptions, and revenge.

live romance at neptoon

(inspired by a frantic surprise visit on july 20, 2019, photo documented here by David James Swanson)

100 northern lights staggered southerly as strangers
bedded shoulder-to-shoulder on cooling concrete
shrink-wrapped in wakeful dreams
perspiration a running creek along sacrum
lava … Continue reading

A Poem by Mala Rai

Alexis Applin’s painting, "Isolation"
(Ekphrastic accompaniment to Alexis Applin’s painting, “Isolation”, 2020)

tofino sunrise, 7am

last night i couldn’t sleep / a march storm rankled ashore / soldering doubt neck deep
harmonies echoed in the void / i tried to sing along in … Continue reading