Being seen—or not—becomes a necessary politic to meditate on in an auto-play era that, via its broadcast, strips bodies of color of agency and makes the pain of marginalized people a theatrical erotic in their unconsenting visibility. Thus, what is said in these pages is as valuable as that which remains unspoken, and what is seen must guide us to think of who remains invisible within image-making, either by creative choice, or by social force beyond. Here lie words and images that are in some part encrypted. Poetry from Emily Jungmin Yoon, Sean D. Henry-Smith, and more; fiction from Dantiel W. Moniz, Deesha Philyaw, Chika Onyenezi, and more; nonfiction from Angela Jackson, r. erica doyle, and more; visual art from Larry Achiampong, Sadie Barnette, Clotilde Jiménez, Lawrence Lemaoana, and more; an interview with Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose.
Cover art: Larry Achiampong, The Last Immigrant Is In Captivity The Galaxy Is At Peace