Cover Photo: Detail from Lucas Cranach the Elder's "Samson and Delilah" (ca. 1528–30)/The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Detail from Lucas Cranach the Elder's "Samson and Delilah" (ca. 1528–30)/The Metropolitan Museum of Art

On Delilah and the Villains We Make of Women Who Seek Power

Succubus, siren, gold-digger, temptress: There are so many words for a woman with money in her hands.

Beauty and the BeastMost Diplomatic Temptress.

I was wagering my womanhood against a currency exchange, thrilled to be receiving something for the promise of myself.

Judges

thirtypieces of silver

own Lean In-

Here is a woman who tilts the earth under a hero’s feet.

Nina Li Coomes is a Japanese and American writer, currently living in Boston, MA. 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.