Mal #3, Plant Sex

Mal is a quarterly journal themed around sexuality and erotics publishing essays, fiction and poetry.

This issue is published in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries on the occasion ofPLANTSEX, part of the General Ecology project.

Mal Journal Issue 3: PLANTSEX focuses on the complex intersections of plant life and sex life, from anthropomorphised sacred trees to 18th century botanical classification and pornography. This issue brings together many of these contemporary and ancient strands, from gardening as an act of active looking and queer disruption to botanical nursery rhymes moulded on the structure of medieval song.

PLANTSEX features an essay by novelist Chloe Aridjis on Mexican flora and its foreigners, a sequence of floral poems by Bhanu Kapil, an essay on the sex lives of plants by author of The Life of Plants Emanuele Coccia, a personal exploration of the queerness of gardening by Julia Bell, an essay on queer botanics by film critic Teresa Castro, a sequence of botanical nursery rhymes and artworks by artist, poet and gardener Alex Cecchetti, a new poem (and somatic poetry ritual) by CAConrad, and an essay by writer and poet Daisy Lafarge asking ‘Can you be a revolutionary & still love flowers?’

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