After reading Carmen E. Brady’s debut full-length collection of poetry, someday i’m going to be so so happy (2fast2house), we are thrilled to have published three of her poems from a series of journal entries at Peach. The entries are written in the style of fleeting thoughts, but when pieced together, create the beautifully hopeless tone of a journal. In “May 9, 2017,” Brady shamelessly questions her identity, and reveals that she still does not fully understand who she was or is. She writes, “I am still building the full mythology of me,” which has stuck with me since the first time I read it.
I first heard of Scaachi Koul because of her hilarious Twitter presence (@Scaachi) and columns for Buzzfeed. For reference, the night of the Mayweather/McGregor bout she tweeted, “what if mayweather and mcgregor both spontaneously combust at the same time/ then I will be the winner.” Then when I learned she’d written a book of essays, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Koul’s debut collection of essays One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter candidly confronts issues of sexism and racism, while managing to read as effortlessly lighthearted. In particular, “A Good Egg” confronts the loss of a friendship with a man named Jeff over alcoholism. She frankly describes his alcoholism and an encounter involving assault while he was intoxicated, and goes on to describe her own experience with alcohol as a woman, college student, and child of immigrant parents. “But girls don’t get to drink like boys because boys do things to girls when they drink,” she writes. “It’s on her to not get so drunk she stops being fun and starts being a liability.”
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