SOFT-SKIN DARLINGS OF THE TUNDRA (1)
a when is [human] only when still/“alive” to the naked eye. Our
menace’s specter-rose rise-rises poetic, enveloped by sweet-
tooth/teethed fiends of possibility, non-noxious toxicity. Sure,
writing about others—those choking, loathing others—is a
somewhat ongoing train of deep-seethed/seep-seethed strain or
straining. Inertia nursed needless is still no reason to cease.
Language breathes best among torque-thrummed windchimes.
Ami J. Sanghvi (they/them) is an Indian-American, queer author, artist, designer, and boxer, and holds an M.F.A. from CalArts. They are the managing editor of Wrongdoing Magazine, as well as the co-founder of Gutslut Press. Their work has appeared in Fence, So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Inverted Syntax, Brave Voices, I Hope You’ll Still Love Me: A South Asian LGBTQIA+ Anthology, and other places. More is forthcoming in Peach Magazine and The Harpy Hybrid Review. They were the featured author for LUPERCALIApress’s VULCANALIA ’21 Anthology, runner-up in Baby Teeth’s 2022 Black-Out Contest, and winner of Really Serious Literature’s Beefy Chapbook Potato-Rito Remote Residency To-Go Contest XXL. Ami is the author of several books, including Confessions of a Baby Vamp: Letters to John Milton (Gutslut Press, 2021) and Lipstick[less] Mania: A Ritual For No One (Bottlecap Press, 2022).