Each issue we feature pieces of prose and poetry from Asian women around the world. Here are this issue’s pieces!
Blue like the Aegean by Iris Orpi
It was the purest thing that ever belonged to me that even now there feels to be no sin in remembering it. A touch born out of ether, the desire to align almost elysian: you sought a world of perfection, of perfect beauty through mathematics and armed rebellion; you are like Thor over Bifröst. That purity, oceanlike. Somebody should tell the moth there might be something more worth its time than the flame, that one could be mesmerized without fearing for her life, that we could be old and still be talking about elliptic curves and the ouster of fascists and never have come close to burning but transcending like a straight-shot arrow skin to soul to dream to the effervescent universe and the flesh is nothing but a philosophical construct when the pleasure is in discovering not how deep you can go but how deep you are, there is no drowning only getting lost, but the kind of lost you’d love to be, in a place where every third left turn leads to the sea
Art Installation, Steel and Natural Light by Iris Orpi
(on a car over Golden Gate Bridge)
With my side pressed against the painfully blissful soft gold of its sunrise, I hum. A sinuous tone in lithe pursuit of messages left for my soul to find on corners of these Bay Area streets by generations of California dreamers. They knew someone like me would come along. I become a sieve for moments, for the letters summer writes for the sea, for the music made by headlights splintering into vectors and vices as they pierce the rolling fog. The city stood silhouetted against the blank canvas of my open invitation to love. Before I set foot on it, it was only an imaginary place in my mind, its name a hallowed shrine to an aesthetic, a shape-shifting ideal that paralleled the evolution of my desires. It turned out to be nothing like my doll house Instagram visions. This is a performance piece, asymmetrical, hungry and gloriously incomplete, reverberating to a pounding heartbeat reminiscent of the day when I felt longing for the first time, or when that same longing let loose all my words on the day it decided for me that holding my peace would never be enough
Unicorns by Michaela Brannigan
We were magic to lovers. A wish dripping from their lips, but we were always more then a toy to fuck with. Balance My halo sits above my perfectly h o r n s. If God were a woman They both were damned. Lost their salvation due to a man. What paradise could have been had if Lilith and Eve found love in each other instead. Dirty No matter how much soap No matter how much water No matter how hard I scrubbed I still felt you on my skin long after. Orbit We were never two halves, but planets. All these galaxies to get to us, we never once took this love for granted. Having you by my side I feel my heart has truly landed .
An immigrant’s child by Michaela Brannigan
Overseas and different lands. A story split in many strands. Weaved together and dressed on my back. I wear it proudly all that I am. Boogieman As a child I feared they were under my bed. As an adult I found they prowled in my sheets instead. Baby’s breath An empty garden. A seed that would not bloom. A spring this heavy always stays with you.
Overachiever Magazine was started by Rehana Paul in October of 2018 to give a platform to all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities.
Our name is poking fun at the stereotype that all Asians are overachievers, especially Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. It’s also in recognition of all of us who have had no choice but to be overachievers: managing societal expectations, family obligations, and educational opportunities, all while fighting the patriarchy.
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