Guest Editor’s Note: October 2021

by Prenesa Naidoo And then I slipped between the fine line of reality and fantasy. I crawled toward spooky season with my dreams clasped tightly in my fists. I felt feverish with the contact. I felt p…

Deconstructing Dysphoria

Artwork by Angelo de Klerk and Lesedi Daniel Moleko TW: Gender Dysphoria Many people see being a transgender person as taboo or ‘wrong’, for many reasons, but they don’t think looking at the transitio…

Mangled Muses

Artwork by Awonke Kwinana   Rhamncwana:  A rural guy who grew up in the outskirts of eRabula at Kieskammahoek (eQoboqobo), always living in the shadow of his name Rhamncwana (Beast). He has a good pur…

Odd Interview: Khanyo

By Amir Bagheri & Angelo de Klerk We recently interviewed Lukhanyo Ndongeni, artistically known as uKhanyo, a unique rapper and producer from Cape Town. We discussed his upbringing, his album titl…

An Odd Journey: the Grotesque

A Short Story Series by Amir Bagheri Part VII The Grotesque Reza I remember waking up around 2 pm that afternoon. It was very hot, or perhaps I was not feeling well. I was covered in sweat, so I trudg…

Consumption

Short Story by Andrea Frisby  I sat silently at the edge of damp wool-woven bedding, waiting for the strength of the rain to cool from the heavens above. Lord knew that when it finally did, I would ha…

The Darkness Hums

Short Story by Prenesa Naidoo Dear Darlings,  I should have told you the truth about my mother, your dear grandmama. I didn’t not want to tell you, I just didn’t… know how. Truth be told, I think I – …

Odd Bookers

Review by Radiyah Manjoo Peace be with you reader, “Are you religious, Mama?” he asked lightly. Mma- Millipede looked at him with an alert glance. “If you mean, am I good, I can right away say no, no,…

Gaggle of Grotesques

Poems by Alun Robert Burrata Before Bed Rattlers rising through his craniumtheir tongues tasting dank etherhis bloodshot eye ajarfire spitting from three nostrilstoothless grin screaming salvationboth…

Grotesque 

Poem by Ayesha Kajee Grotesque isthe mask you donto obscure your soul  Grotesque ishypocrisy hidden behind philanthropy  Grotesque is gaslighting disguised as guidance  Grotesque is humour that demean…

Delightful

Poem by Comfy This piece is a mind of the different, a Halloween truth.  That disgust they call light finally sleeps. Oh, sweet darkness you finally creep into the night  A symphony of children scream…

Animality of the Mouth

Poem By Lorelei Bacht What does it mean to hunger, to feed? While we believe ourselves familiar with our own orality, shining a bright light on it reveals otherwise. Both texts magnify and exaggerate …

The Discovery of a Vampire 

Poem by Motswalo Manasoe As you drink this waterRealize you may die of thirst,A creature is never fulfilled.  So, she spoke her last wordsTo her only grandson,The village mystery. Born out of wedlock …