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Where Longing Lives

Where Longing Lives

I am not homeless in the literal sense and I don’t have the language to describe the home for which I feel intense longing. Terrene, waves, raindrops, bark, foundation, walls, roof, pen strokes on a page, flick of the tongue, tightening of lips, closure of the vocal chords, intimacy, trust, embrace, connection.

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Meeting Jibreel

Meeting Jibreel

“Meeting Jibreel” is the honourable mention for Room’s Poetry Contest 2020, as selected by judge Canisia Lubrin. In my Quranic primer of short, & long, verses I scrawled in the margins with metallic ink. I learned the name of an angel, as my body Shaped a conduit...

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Thoughts on Community

Thoughts on Community

I think of all the times as a child my mother has sent me over to the neighbour’s with a bag of garlic, when they asked for just a clove. These acts of care, mercy, and consideration have been happening under society’s collective radar.

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Sense of Touch

Sense of Touch

Chia buồn is how one expresses condolences in Vietnamese. Instead of my thoughts are with you or sorry for your loss, the term literally means to divide (chia) sadness (buồn). If only I could have invited others to hold pieces of my shattered heart when Ông Nội died...

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A Hundred Unions

A Hundred Unions

For their tenth wedding anniversary, Robin and Yu’en planned a small gathering at The Peony, the Chinese restaurant at the Imperial Club. Nothing extravagant. The first of October fell on mid-autumn, the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, an auspicious day for...

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Presale Issue 44.1

Room 44.1 Growing Room

ROOM 44.1, Growing Room
Edited by Jessica Johns

In This Issue: Afuwa, Amber Dawn, Manahil Bandukwala, Adèle Barclay, Bronwyn Berg, Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros, Cassandra Blanchard, Selina Boan, Tanya Boteju, Francine Cunningham, Jen Currin, Annahid Dashtgard, Dina Del Bucchia
Rebecca Fisseha, Chantal Gibson, Soo Jeong, Aisha Sasha John, Eve Joseph, Fiona Tinwei Lam, Corinne Manning, Domenica Martinello, Tash McAdam, Lucia Misch, Maneo Mohale, Shani Mootoo, Alessandra Naccarato, April dela Noche Milne, Kat Norris, Otoniya J Okot Bitek, Sharon Pink, Hazel Jane Plante, Amal Rana, Rebecca Salazar, Alisha Sian, jaye simpson, Mallory Tater, Kai Cheng Thom, Cheryl Thompson, Erika Thorkelson, Rhea Tregebov, Addie Tsai, Arielle Twist, beni xiao, Adrienne Yeung

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Room 43.4 Twine

ROOM 43.4, Twine
Edited by Geffen Semach

In this issue: Shaelin Bishop, Jaclyn Desforges, Alisha Dukelow, Leah Edwards, Thomarya ‘tee’ Fergus, Whitney French, Jamisyn Gleeson, Nazanine Hozar, Jenny Heijun Wills, Tiffany Hsieh, Jessi Lee Jackson, Jen Wei Ting, Alannah Johnson, Margo LaPierre, Annick MacAskill, Dawn Macdonald, Laila Malik, kitchen mckeown, Catherine Mellinger, Dene Moore, Marisca Pichette, Maria Qamar, Natasha Ramoutar, Emily Riddle, Jasmine Sealy, Nadia Siu Van, Katie So, Dahae Song, Marie Metaphor Specht, amanda wan, Isabella Wang, Evelyn C. White, and Eugenia Zuroski

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