Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, in the Saturday Essay, Naseem Jamnia considers memories, genetics, and what gets passed down from one generation to the next. She writes, “The brain is a curious, malleable thing, and just as cigarette smoke and alcohol can be tucked into a fetus, so can trauma. My mother’s experiences settled into her eggs and shaped me.”

And in a review of Rosa Liksom’s Compartment No. 6, John Flynn-York notes that “Liksom’s writing moves into a different register when it comes to describing the landscape, the decaying Russian cities, and the people and animals who inhabit them.”

Lastly, in the Sunday Essay, Ian Belknap shares his experience of raising his transgender son, who is just beginning to go through the “long and arduous transition” of becoming the gender he knows himself to be. Ian’s powerful piece is accompanied by beautiful artwork drawn by his son.


Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in 2021. She is editor-in-chief and owner of The Rumpus. Follow her on Twitter @marisasaystweet. More from this author →