forever tender

Getting Readymy friend really likes to say
boom shakalaka
she’s french
or maybe spanish
i like it when
she gets excited
she wraps her
whole lean
powerful body
around boom shakalaka
it spills out all over everyone
the thing about virgos
who are making art
is that they can make the world
sit inside
boom shakalaka
like an earthquake
music quaking
lyrics aching
bones dancing inside
hot summer flesh
boom shakalaka
sometimes when i need it
in an elevator
after stepping in human piss
or kicking a rock
down the street that leads to work
or writing an essay
i don’t really care about
i’ll whisper
boom shakalaka
boom shakalaka
boom shakalaka
like it’s the secret
to a revolution

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Alysia Angel is a southern-bred Lakota, and a working class queer high femme. She is self-published in chapbooks entitled "what i do when you're not looking." She is also published in Femme Family zine, Salacious Magazine, Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion, Bay Woof Magazine, Cactus Heart Magazine, Curve Magazine, Say Please, a Cleis Press anthology, and is a 2011 and 2012 Lambda Literary Fellow.

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Tammy Ho Lai-Ming is a Hong Kong-born writer currently based in London, UK. She is a founding co-editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and the poetry editor of Fleeting magazine. Her photography has previously been published in Stirring, Juked, Litterbox, and Subliminal Interiors, among other places. More at

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