TRANS MEMOIR SIISX (WET/HARD)
The last time I left Sea-Witch I met deadname on a bus out of town. Xe sat next to me though the bus was half empty. Xe said xe had read the book I was holding, & I told xym how I had written it. I told xym that I wasn’t planning on writing a book, but that while I was sleeping the pages began flaking fully written from my sore back & thighs. This happened many nights, but I am not good with time, (or at least not good at measuring it) so I couldn’t tell xym how many.
Cool, said deadname, nodding. You’re adorable, xe said. Thanks, I told xym. I was going to say something about xyr appearance but my eyes kept skipping over the space where xe sat.
Xe reached over & took my hand.
1. What is the nature of a witch-god?
2. Which of Dog-Witch’s sisters have not yet been written about? Are there really nineteen?
3. Where did Sea-Witch come from?
When deadname & I had sex xe would often look in my eyes & say matter-of-fact things about the nature of time. I told xym at one point that it was these kinds of statements that really made me wet/hard. I told xym that nothing is sexier than a fresh perspective on the universe. Remarkably, I continue to believe this to be true even after all that I went through later.
What is the nature of a witch-god?
1. Building campfires
2. Making sure the drugs don’t take themselves
3. Sitting in certain positions
4. Producing the kind of magic that doesn’t go anywhere
5. Experiencing pain (those who have a greater capacity for this are capable of some of the deepest magic)
7. Loss of language
8. Loss of language
deadname & I holed up in a motel for the next week, drinking sparkling water & pitching the bottles at the floor of our parallel beds. We watched television & asked the people we saw on it what they were thinking. We asked them how they ended up where they were & if they believed in time or purity. We asked them the questions we wanted to ask each other but couldn’t find a way to make them fit in our dynamic. Between the two of us, many questions were asked & none were answered.
[image description: page 19 of the book SEA-WITCH v.2 Girldirt Angelfog by Moss Angel the Undying. Black text is in sections on a white page. Next to a list of “Unrelated Questions”, on the right side of the page, is a large handwritten word in black text: if. Below, next to a numbered list named “What is the nature of a witch-god?” a black line is drawn across the white space of the page.]
Moss Angel is a crossgenre writer and book artist based in Portland, OR. She is author of five books, most recently Sea-Witch v.1: May She Lay Us Waste and Sea-Witch v.2: Girldirt Angelfog, both out from 2fast2house. You can support her work by subscribing to her patreon or buying her books.
M. Mack is a genderqueer poet, editor, and fiber artist in Virginia. Ze is the author of Theater of Parts (Sundress Publications, 2016) and three chapbooks, most recently MINE (Big Lucks Books, forthcoming 2017). Their work has appeared in such places as cream city review, Cloud Rodeo, Rogue Agent, Menacing Hedge, and The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). Mack is a founding co-editor of Gazing Grain Press, an assistant editor for Cider Press Review, and the monster maker behind What Is Reality Plushies. Find them at mxmack.com.