Poydras Review
Poydras Review is a biannual literary magazine of short fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art. Now accepting submissions for our weekly poetry blog and prose print edition.
"We never say that all men deserve to feel beautiful. We never say that each man is beautiful in his own way. We don’t have huge campaigns aimed at young boys trying to convince them that they’re attractive, probably because we very rarely correlate a man’s worth with his appearance. The problem is that a woman’s value in this world is still very much attached to her appearance, and telling her that she should or deserves to feel beautiful does more to promote that than negate it. Telling women that they “deserve” to feel pretty plays right in to the idea that prettiness should be important to them. And having books and movies aimed at young women where every female protagonist turns out to be beautiful (whereas many of the antagonists are described in much less flattering terms) reinforces the message that beauty has some kind of morality attached to it, and that all heroines are somehow pretty."
You Don’t Have To Be Pretty – On YA Fiction And Beauty As A Priority | The Belle Jar (via brutereason)

Wrong shirt at Ocean Park what you want preps an elementary doxy for dogmatic chasing. I’ve sold my hair, bowed to the brogue of dreams and agreed as a mermaidwould to walk on knives.Good dagger be good to me.
—Tory Dent, from “Ocean Park.”

Autumnal Reflections
Acrylic on canvas, 65x65 inches
Mary Robertson, 2014
Saatchi Art