Mal Journal: PLANTSEX

Mal Journal: PLANTSEX

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Mal Journal: PLANTSEX

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Mal is a quarterly journal themed around sexuality and erotics publishing essays, fiction and poetry.

This issue is published in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries on the occasion of PLANTSEX, part of the General Ecology project.

Mal Journal Issue 3: PLANTSEX focuses on the complex intersections of plant life and sex life, from anthropomorphised sacred trees to 18th century botanical classification and pornography. This issue brings together many of these contemporary and ancient strands, from gardening as an act of active looking and queer disruption to botanical nursery rhymes moulded on the structure of medieval song. 

PLANTSEX features an essay by novelist Chloe Aridjis on Mexican flora and its foreigners, a sequence of floral poems by Bhanu Kapil, an essay on the sex lives of plants by author of The Life of Plants Emanuele Coccia, a personal exploration of the queerness of gardening by Julia Bell, an essay on queer botanics by film critic Teresa Castro, a sequence of botanical nursery rhymes and artworks by artist, poet and gardener Alex Cecchetti, a new poem (and somatic poetry ritual) by CAConrad, and an essay by writer and poet Daisy Lafarge asking ‘Can you be a revolutionary & still love flowers?’

Included in the issue are also three excerpts from antiquity – Sumerian poetry, the Song of Songs and Ovid’s Fasti V and Metamorphoses.

The issue features original illustrations by Australian artist Yi Xiao Chen.


Mal Journal Issue 3: PLANTSEX is co-edited by Maria Dimitrova, Lucia Pietroiusti, Filipa Ramos, and Kostas Stasinopoulos.

Mal is supported by Feeld, the alternative dating platform open to all genders and sexual identities, and operates with editorial independence and without ads.



Chloe Aridjis

Julia Bell

Teresa Castro

Alex Cecchetti

Emanuele Coccia

Yi Xiao Chen


Bhanu Kapil

Daisy Lafarge

Victoria Sin



Steve O Connell



Maria Dimitrova, Lucia Pietroiusti, Filipa Ramos, Kostas Stasinopoulos






14.8 х 22.8 cm


ISBN: 978-1-9160892-0-4