Three Poems by shireen alia ahmed

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Artwork by shireen alia ahmed.

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shireen alia ahmed is a writer and video artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in creating spaces that evoke desire and geometry. She has read and shown work at Spoonbill Books, Unnameable Books, MX Gallery, 315 Gallery, Housing, Chroma, Nada NY, and Interstate Projects.

Parts and Labor by Halimah Marcus
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The first time I saw Jane I was working at the bike shop, a veritable cacophony of grease and gunk I only survived by occupying my hands. Bikes had a purpose that had nothing to do with me—every part fit together properly so my mind could remain free and unviolated. Her left knee was scrapped, with pieces of pavement lodged in the wound. The sight disrupted my hard-earned equilibrium. I tried not to look, but it was too late. I had already imagined retrieving the bits of bloody gravel from her abrasion and rolling them like candy on my tongue.

The Form Vampire: An Interview with Carmen Maria Machado by Liza St. James
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“Our bodies are graveyards of cells, the source of art, inherently finite, constantly decaying.”

Juliet Jacques by Rebekah Weikel
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“Radical spaces can generate and evolve ideas and tactics, some of which cross over into mainstream culture—and need to.”