A body is the most genuine thing we have. A body can burst forth into a magic-realist galaxy. A body can be a source of pleasure. Pain can be a muse. Where does psychic pain end and visceral pain begin?
When I say sensuality, does that connote pain or pleasure? Writing the body is writing what we know because we inhabit it. Or you might write your lover's body so you can keep it with you.
If I say I am holding your hand right now can you feel it? Do you feel it with your brain or your skin?
Our bodies can make us feel powerful or defenseless. Taking a risk to write about the body can make you feel powerful.
When I wake and put my feet on the floor I feel defenseless. I would like to reclaim the word sensitive to mean risk-taker.
We are gods of our own bodies. We are servants to our own bodies. Our bodies are signifiers. Our bodies are false signifiers. Our bodies are liars. Our bodies are truthtellers.
If our bodies are oppressed by an outside force, we are "written over." Rogue Agent wants to retaliate. Rogue Agent wants reconciliation. Rogue Agent wants to share your stories about the poem that is the body.
Jill Khoury - EDITOR IN CHIEF
Jill Khoury is interested in the intersection of poetry, visual art, representations of gender, and disability. An MFA graduate of The Ohio State University, she is a Western Pennsylvania Writing Project fellow and has taught writing and literature in university and enrichment environments. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Arsenic Lobster, Copper Nickel, indefinite space, Inter|rupture, Pith, and Portland Review, and in the anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Pudding House Press released her chapbook, Borrowed Bodies, in 2009. Her first full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in 2016. Jill also serves as Associate Editor for Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature. Find her on the web at jillkhoury.com.
Jenn Stein Hauptmann - Assitant Editor
Jen Stein is a writer, advocate, mother and finder of lost things. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where she works in family homeless services. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Cider Press Review, Luna Luna Magazine, Menacing Hedge, Nonbinary Review and Stirring. She studied writing at George Mason University, and studies people in much of the rest of her life. You can find her on the web at jensteinpoetry.wordpress.com.
special call: don't erase us
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 1: In response to the chronic violence perpetrated upon the queer and black communities, recently exemplified by the Pulse shootings and the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Rogue Agent seeks submissions of poetry and artwork that defy violence against queer and black bodies, that sing out for change, that rise up with words and images to replace bullets and choke-holds. We are particularly interested in providing a platform for voices from within the queer and black communities. Please put DON'T ERASE US in the subject field of your submission, and please follow the standard submission guidelines below. Any questions, please contact editor Jill Khoury at rogueagentjournalATgmailDOTcom.
We want your skin, your liver, your viscera. We want your joy and your frustration. We want to be surprised by your elegance and stunned by your forthrightness. We want to be impressed with your craft and your commitment. Please send up to 5 poems (10 pages maximum) in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file attached to an email. Only use .pdf file type if your poem has extremely specialized formatting that will not come across in one of the other file types. In the subject line of the email, type [FIRST INITIAL] [LAST NAME] POETRY SUBMISSION. In the body of your email, include a cover letter with a short biographical statement and your contact information. Send that email to email@example.com.
Rogue Agent strives to publish a range of poetic styles and forms. The most important things we consider are craft and how well the work fits the theme of our journal.
Rogue Agent is published monthly with ten poets, one poem apiece.
To get a feel for our journal's theme, we invite you to explore previous issues, and also the work we have linked to in our section entitled For Inspiration.
We read year round. Response time is 1-3 months. Please do not query before 3 months have elapsed.
If your submission is rejected, please wait at least 2 months before re-submitting.
If your work is accepted, please wait 4 months before submitting again.
We do not consider poems that have already been published.
We do not consider translations.
We do consider collaborative work. Please provide bios and contact info for both authors in your cover letter.
Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify us immediately which poem has been accepted elsewhere.
At this time, we only consider poetry for publication in Rogue Agent, and we can only pay you in love.
If you agree to publish with Rogue Agent, you grant us first serial rights. You also grant us rights to archive all accepted work on our site, and through media closely associated with our site, including social media. All other rights remain with the author. If your work is published in another collection after its publication here, you should acknowledge Rogue Agent as being the venue in which it first appeared.
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In each issue of Rogue Agent, we feature the work of an artist who investigates the same question as our poetry: what is it like to live in the body? To that end, we very much want you to submit your illustrations, photographs, collages, paintings, digital art, or video (please link to YouTube or Vimeo; do not send the video file), a bio (approximately 75 words) and a brief artist statement. While we cannot offer you monetary compensation at this time, we can provide you with a wider audience for your work, with a link to your website, Tumblr, or blog in your bio. To show us your artwork that captures the embodied experience, send 3-5 high-resolution .jpgs attached to an email. In the subject line of the email, type [FIRST INITIAL] [LAST NAME] ART SUBMISSION. In the body of your email, include a cover letter with the titles of your images, a statement about your project, a short bio with a link to your artist website, and your contact information. Send that email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rogue Agent admires these fine poems and invites you to be inspired by them! The number of poems and poets whose work seeks out the various truths of the body is too long to list, and we hope to rotate our list from time to time. Check back occasionally for more inspiration!
Disability Studies Quarterly
Academy of American Poets
"How to Draw a Perfect Circle"
Brett Elizabeth Jenkins
"Boy in Whalebone Corset"
"What Lonely Won't Say"
Emily Rose Kahn-Sheahan
"The Dead Girls Speak in Unison"
"For Hulk Hogan, Who, By His Own Reasonable Estimate,
Has the Largest Arms in the World"
Paul Arrand Rogers
"The Body Is Not an Apology"
Sonya Renee Taylor
(video from Verses and Flow)
"What I Know for Sure"