Issue 47: Letters

On a Final Note…

Editor’s Note by Shameelah Khan Dear Odd Readers, [T]he secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones y…

To My Starlover, Astroheart

Art by Hanul Lee The only man I know who could make love to a starThis is when you cried. As I lay there shivering, lips quivering, looking into your star-filled eyes. I wanted to crack open as much a…

We Are Here too: A Letter to Islam

Photography by Nkazimulo Moyeni This is my letter: My Letter to Islam. Dear Islam This is our story, we are here too. Yours TrulySouth African Black Muslims.

The Last Letter

Personal Essay by The Pilgrim To my dear friend, I have been thinking, why do people not have ceremonies to celebrate the end of relationships? Like an ‘un-wedding’ to acknowledge the time spent with …

Letters For a Lifetime

Narrative Essay by Angelo De Klerk Dear infant Were you affected by “it’s a girl” too?  Especially with your parents thinking you were a boy all along. Or were you simply existing? Breathing, sleeping…

Throwing Bones with Digital Sangoma

Interview by Nick Pagemat Mandisi Mafu, formerly known as Digital Sangoma, is an alternative music artist. Digital Sangoma is known for curating a new sound which fuses Electronic soul and African tri…

Dear Diary

Short Story by Zahirra Dayal Dear Diary,  I did it again. I know I know. I know what I said the last time but how could I resist this one? It was lying there near the sink… gleaming like a lollipop. I…

When I was in Zurich

Poem by Singular Poet Yesterday I received your dear letterand was very happy with it: XI/MCMXV: Archives of tropism’s cathode;Montserrats of a photographic folder.A third mounted by Perspec Pri…

Dearest Nature

Poetry by KB Ballentine Dissolving You know how it feels,wanting to walk intothe rain and disappear.–Mary Oliver Light lingers though clouds streak the west,crowd closer while I watch rain sheeting be…

A Letter to You

Poem by Jyothika Persadh What I Have Tried to Say to You, then; then and… Now! The streets were foreign now,the sidewalks drywith winter sun,the grass burned with its thorny greenand brown blades hold…

Family Tradition

Poem by Geoffrey Diver Talking to youis like pulling teeth Even when we shared a roofthe most I got from youwas a grumble of discontentreluctant consentor a mumbled appreciation andhalf a grin for pou…

Only in a Letter

Poetry by Emalisa Rose I start with a ‘sorry” Today is a snow day. A good day to clear clutter;a good day to write letters. Letters, hand written, in boldfonts of cursive, old fashionedin …

Dear Me

Poem by Comfy Don’t forget me when you’re contemplating about ending your existence,Don’t silence me like the hands of a parent,Rejoice when I speak because I am you and you are me.Be weird, don’t fit…

MOON, The Dark Side of

Poem by Beatriz Seelaender dear [redacted], you asked me why i have moved out here to the moon, not the sun the Sun, omnipotent ball of fire, what does he have to do with us?he’s the god whose every w…

Sincerely Yours

Poem by Ashley Moyo To whom it may concernI’m sorryI’m sorry for the dysphoria caused by the wet corners on this page– tears do get harder to bag when they come unexpected – forgive meIt&#…

Until Next Time,

Poetry by Alun Robert Polyglot Cosmopolité I am a polyglot cosmopolité as I speak in several tongue,a citizen of this wide world and probably further beyond. Travelled often around the globe to contin…

I never been known for good letters but heed this message.

Poem by Motswalo Manasoe I am walking in circlesAs if I am patiently attempting to dig a well with my rather tired soles,So, to throw my hopes and dreams in. “Son, life for me hasn’t always been easy”…