Tears by Langit Amaravati is the story of Ijah, a woman living in poverty who must risk death to repair the grave of her daughter at night. That night Ijah really was in the guise of a demon, the fiercest of demons, caused by her frequent bouts of despair. However, she had left her despair back … [Read more...]

Apple and Knife

Do you want some? For ten long seconds, I gazed at her, the past roiling in my thoughts, the present refusing to vanish. For ten long seconds she dangled the apple right in front of me. Why that look on your face? She giggled. I’m not going to poison you. In her face was repeated the … [Read more...]

The Story of a Tongue

The Story of a Tongue by Clara Ng is the magical tale of Asna, a young girl who discovers a whole civilisation growing on her tongue. She discovered a small town in her mouth. A month ago, just as Mother had finished braiding her long hair to the left and right of her head, Asna heard the sound … [Read more...]

From “Sergius Seeks Bacchus”

Titled after two, fourth-century Christian martyrs whom the gay community has adopted as icons, and comprised of thirty-three poems (the number of poems corresponding to the age at which Christ was crucified), Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s collection draws upon various aspects of his own life—his sexual … [Read more...]

Making an Elephant Happy

Making an Elephant Happy by Eka Kurniawan is a dark and whimsical tale of an elephant on a mission to find its way inside a refrigerator. … [Read more...]