By Joanna C. Valente
Taleen Kali is a cosmic punk femme and all around badass. She's a musician, artist, yogi, and writer who is making waves with her amazing jams. Kali, who lives in LA, is is releasing her debut solo album, Soul Songs, on Lolipop Records this summer; as of now, two of the singles on the album are on Spotify and Bandcamp, and already getting hype from places like BUST.
Needless to say, "Half Lie" and "Lost and Bound" are delicious dance-goth-punk gifts, giving us a preview of what is to come, bringing us into a dark shimmery ocean home to a world full of beasts.
Because of this, we paired some poems to read alongside the songs as companion pieces. Kali is also the publisher of DUM DUM Zine, an experimental art-lit publication. Check out our picks below:
Amy King - The Moon in Your Breath
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (Operating System, 2017), Sexting Ghosts (Unknown Press, 2018), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes, Poetry and the managing editor for Civil Coping Mechanisms and Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, BUST, Spork Press, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente