A downloadable microchap

An experimental poetry microchap on jam and gender.

Sy is a queer non-binary person living in Edinburgh, Scotland. They write through the haze of cat-/child-induced sleep deprivation to try and make sense of gender, relationships, neurodivergence, and more. You can find them on Twitter @TartanLlama and their publications at sybrand.ink.  

Jam typically contains both the juice and flesh of a fruit or vegetable, although one cookbook defines it as a cooked and jelled puree. The term "jam" refers to a product made of whole fruit cut into pieces or crushed, then heated with water and sugar to activate its pectin before being put into containers.  

Sugar, Lice, Screams from Paradise was created as part of Poetry Jam; February 2020, hosted by @hologramvin and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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TagsExperimental, Gender, LGBTQIA, poetry


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"Sugar, Lice, Screams from Paradise" by TartanLlama aka Sy (twitter/website). I liked the short and simple description of "An experimental poetry microchap on jam and gender." that was followed by an in depth definition of jam on the project page. Then I opened up to the color-coded (as if the jam isle of the grocery store) index and rubbed my hands together. (I admit to being a lover of jam. My partner can confirm.) Each jar of jam is a different variety of captured trans/non-cis experiences in the writer's eyes. They paint this visual very well, and I really enjoyed how they used color. If I hadn't just had dinner, I would've wanted toast and jam. It's the most visual-based experience of the submissions so far, and I really enjoyed what it was doing. I don't want to give away the fun of the jams, but I hope you check it out!