SEA-WITCH ANXIETY SPIT SQUARE TRIANGLE TRIANGLE
In Sea-Witch everyone is tired. The monsters here sigh deeply & shrug their monster shoulders. We have heard tales that once we built monuments & discovered amazing things. That we once created beautiful, impossible works of art but these things have become damaged & lost across the centuries. Now living is done barely, & each day is spent attempting to get to the next. There is no sense of future, the past is painful to think of. We think of the long time they have ahead of them & despair. Where is our culture, we moan. Where are the monsters we used to be, who could build, grow & thrive? They are lost to us. We have not lost our love for each other, but it is always under threat as we have been hurt so often that we can no longer find the source. Today is a day, & soon it will end & be followed by another. We celebrate nothing. We organize nothing. We are nothing. What will become of us. May she lay us waste, we pray. May our ashes & bones fertilize the soil for lives better than ours. Lives that might be abundant with what we lack. With promise. With capability.
[image description: page 81 of the book SEA-WITCH v.2 Girldirt Angelfog by Moss Angel the Undying. Black text is on a white page. The piece is in one section below the title. On the bottom half of the page, a large photograph is in a black handdrawn frame. The image is of a white leg tattooed in black ink with the word “thriving” in lowercase letters around a shape of black scribbles. Below, a word in red ink that is tattooed over with black scribbles.]
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.