We are proud to present KINGFACE MIXTAPE, a new SPHINXX essay series by Calen Firedancing!⠀

how to breathe in a world of smoke? how to sing away time when your face is in the clock’s reflection? how to call yourself something unnamed by violence? how to do the impossible. read about some of the best rappers currently creating in the spaces of contradiction, like Kodie Shane, Noni Blanco, Cam & China, and Bbymutha, and follow one Black queer poet’s trip through the past, present, and future.

our afflictions are chronically absurd; our poetics must be too.⠀

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Our sister press Honeysuckle Press is proud to present Oracle: A Cosmology by Destiny Hemphill!

Oracle: A Cosmology explores lineage and family narrative by meditating on questions of loss, haunting, resistance, and personal & communal liberation. Entangling narratives of women who have been honed by hardship, this chapbook exists as an archive of intimate kin history. In weaving these true myths, Destiny makes the familial cosmic. Exploring memory and mourning, Oracle: a Cosmology gestures towards the possibility of loss as generative and transformative, and grief as a channel to the divinity that is within. In these poems, healing is not linear, but a disruptive and sacred process. 

Destiny confesses, yes, i still remember how it feels to be / under the swollen tongue of a god’s gaping mouth. This cosmology is one for the people, and the people, they are ethereal.