griffin epstein is a non-binary settler working as an educator and community-engaged researcher in Toronto (Dish with One Spoon territory). Their first chapbook will be released with Frog Hollow Press in late 2021. Their poetry has appeared in Grain, The Maynard and Plenitude. They also play music and make videogames.
parade of Yay
glory to the girl too drunk on the toilet FroYo and peach schnapps spilling from her mouth a living colander gifting hot plumes of glitter to the sewers generous and loving and mean
a fountain of prozac and pixie stix shaved eyebrows and spring weeds sing to her miss strip mall ’97 queen of her thick hell of context a shard of shame swaddled in fishnets and fake fur give her what she asks polished bones stalking the length of central ave to meet true teens ™ from the AOL chatroom who call her chicken little ask her to undress their pink dyed pubes their pierced tongues XY on the table / SNL on TV praise her girl angry girl afraid cheating her age sending shirtless polaroids to anyone who asks spawn of herself that baby baby baby baby baby girl who got you through and still sits waiting rigid perched at the edge of your window tracking threats eyes glued to the street
From the Editor:
We hope that readers receive In Parentheses as a medium through which the evolution of human thought can be appreciated, nurtured and precipitated. It will present a dynamo of artistic expression, journalism, informal analysis of our daily world, entertainment of ideas considered lofty and criticism of today’s popular culture. The featured content does not follow any specific ideology except for that of intellectual expansion of the masses.
Founded in late 2011, In Parentheses prides itself upon analysis of the current condition of intelligence in the minds of these young people, and building a hypothesis for one looming question: what comes after Post-Modernism?
The idea for this magazine stems from a simple conversation regarding the aforementioned question, which drew out the need to identify our generation’s place in literary history.
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