Cover Photo: A painting of Esther interceding before King  Ahasuerus
Illustration by Artemisia Gentileschi/Metropolitan Museum of Art

On Esther’s Vengeance and the Beauty of Women’s Rage

Esther, you are a queen not because of your physical perfection, but because of the horror and rage you transformed it into.

Beauty is pain.

Has the beauty obscured where you come from? Is this forgetting part of the pain?

beauty is pain

beauty is painbeauty is power.

Beauty is power is pain. Beauty is pain is power.

Nina Li Coomes is a Japanese and American writer, currently living in Chicago, IL. Her writing has appeared in EATER, The  Collapsar, and  RHINO Poetry among other places. Her debut chapbook haircut poems was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2017.