Cover Photo: abstract nude of a reclining woman with dark brown braids whose skin is a variety of brown and caramel shades, dark and light shadows meant to evoke crystalline-sugar highlights
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult


I took my time shrugging / into this divinity


into this divinity

the dirty underside

dripping with sugar

of my torso

the soft lust of my need

the body can flex

when fighting to be exorcised

to achieve such cult vices

dead and done away with

for hedonistic wanderlust

I asked for

I cum.

Camonghne Felix is a poet, a writer, speaker, and political strategist. She holds an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU and an MFA from Bard College, and has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Poets House. Her first full-length collection of poems, Build Yourself a Boat, was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry. Felix's next collection of poems, Dyscalculia, and collection of essays, Let the Poets Govern, are forthcoming from One World/Penguin Random House.