Love Me, Love My Belly zine issue no. 2

LMLMB no. 2 is composed of the work of 2 creative nonfiction essayists, 9 poets, 1 short story writer, and 3 artists. This half-size zine is 44 pages and bound & trimmed by hand, also with a color cover. | available via Etsy | $9.50

From the website: “Love Me, Love My Belly is an annual print zine dedicated to the acceptance of self and imperfection as beauty. It’s about the space between us, our differences, our scars, our wobbly bits, and our power as it relates to the bodies we live in.”

Contributors:

Rose Lemberg – poetry
Shannon Curtin – poetry
Katharyn Howd Machan – poetry
Coco Owen – poetry
Sandra Anfang – poetry
Keri Withington – poetry
Mimi Emig – poetry
Minadora Macheret – poetry
Shanna Williams – poetry
Bev Magennis – creative nonfiction
Kamala Bremer – creative nonfiction
Nancy Devine – fiction
Angie Reed Garner – art
Celia Yost – art
Nicci Mechler – art

Excerpt from “Love Me Anyway” by Minadora Macheret:

Settle into my skin,
show of nature gone awry,
make-believe the parts are working.
There will be days
anger currents keep me upright
as anxiety locks me to the bed
and the safari of my skin
full of brush
stains the covers fluorescent-red
the Nile is deep and endless
as the mechanism syncs
to the monthly flood-watch.
And on the mornings
I am barren
for a day more than I can handle,
please love me, anyway,

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