Mal Journal: PLANTSEX
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Mal is a quarterly journal themed around sexuality and erotics publishing essays, fiction and poetry.
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.
Yi Xiao Chen
Steve O Connell
Maria Dimitrova, Lucia Pietroiusti, Filipa Ramos, Kostas Stasinopoulos
14.8 х 22.8 cm