Theories of Pain, and two poem recommendations

My surrealist piece “Theories of Pain”, which first appeared in Daily Science Fiction, will be reprinted in The Humanity of Monsters, an anthology edited by Michael Matheson for ChiZine Publications. It is scheduled to be published in late 2015. Thank you, Michael – and special thanks to Jonathan and Michele at DSF for publishing it, and to Sofia Samatar for encouraging me to submit it for publication.

Two poetry recommendations:

On the topic of the humanity of monsters, I recommend “The Gorgon Girls”, by Saira Ali, at Strange Horizons. I love this poem fiercely.

You will not find us on the six o’clock news,
two kohl-stained lines artfully staining our cheeks.
We do not stare doe-eyed from behind curtains
of silken maize hair. No one makes movies of us.

Also at Strange Horizons: M Sereno, an emerging writer whose work we will also feature in Stone Telling 11, has a poem titled “Seeds”. This is the first time I am mentioning M Sereno’s writing publicly, but it is certainly not the last.

They hide the truth in seeds, you see.
In the black jeweled eyes of the atis. In the slippery throngs of pakwan,
in bitter lanzones watered by my tears when my mother told me
of the tree growing in my belly, nourished on my death.

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R.B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards.

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