Based in Berlin, SAND is a nonprofit literary journal published twice a year by a team from the city’s international community. Featuring work by writers, translators, and artists from around the world, SAND seeks out fresh and underrepresented perspectives.
SAND #20: “Taboo”
SAND #20 is full of taboos and transgressions, secrets and profanities, all of which would likely be censored in many times and places. Mothers walk around both inspiringly and obscenely naked, a 16th-century fire consumes gay men and furniture as equally disposable, pro-democracy poets embrace profanity as resistance, shameful body parts become the center of eroticism, lovers battle polar bears alongside the confines of monogamy, and mothers hide their real monsters in the euphemism of bedtime stories, all while the young women in Sookoon Ang’s cover art refuse to be the types of bodies that are put on magazine covers.
Sookoon Ang • Sara Anwar • Kimrey Anna Batts • Emi Benn • Guilherme Bergamini • Jessica Bloom • Anette C. Boehm • Ted Byrne • Tim Tim Cheng • Blake Hackler • Semyon Khanin • Heikki Huotari • Maria A. Ioannou • Ariel González Losada • Christopher Linforth • Donato Mancini • Milva McDonald • Ben Miller • Sarah-Jane Moloney • Chisom Okafor • Eugene Ostashevsky • T. Person • Adam Peterson • Kevin M. F. Platt • Michele Reese • L. Reeman • Quinn Rennerfeldt • Saya • Derek Setzer • Shannon T. Smith • Megan Sungyoon • Khairullah Rahim • Juan Romero Vinueza • Ella Walker • Joy Waller • Adele Elise Williams • Terence Young • Mary-Laure Zoss
“Exorcise Me,” Sookoon Ang, 2013
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