I’ve Been Meaning To Ask

Keep pronouncing fist as bullet…keep pronouncing failed as robbery.

Visual poem by Emily Perkovich
Art By Lauren Dianne

About the Author

Emily Perkovich (she/her) is from the Chicago-land area. She is the Editor in Chief of Querencia Press and on the Women in Leadership Advisory Board with Valparaiso University. Her work strives to erase the stigma surrounding trauma victims and their responses. She is a Best of the Net nominee, a SAFTA scholarship recipient, and is previously published with Harness Magazine, Rogue Agent, Coffin Bell Journal, Bullshit Lit, and Anti-Heroin Chic among others. She is the author of the poetry collections Godshots Wanted: Apply Within (Sunday Mornings at the River), The Number 12 Looks Just Like You (Finishing Line Press), baby, sweetheart, honey (Alien Buddha Press), & Manipulate Me, Babe—I Trust You (forthcoming, GutSlut Press 2023) as well as the novella Swallow.

About the Artist

Lauren Dianne is a creative, magical being, and her favourite time of the year is Halloween.

She lives with her partner and her dog in New South Wales, Australia.

She has just dressed as both Sophie (from Howl’s Moving Castle) and Matilda (from Matilda) for Book Week at the school where she works.

Lauren has been a wonderfully skilled artist in several mediums for many years.

She has an incredible eye for detail and does everything in life with care, kindness, and joy.

Along with art and teaching, with the perfect levels of alchemy and magic, Lauren makes delicious focaccia and bagels for her community (and grateful, hungry friends) at Mattina Bottega. 

Lauren likes to watch the animated film Howl’s Moving Castle before she goes to sleep at night. 

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