What Disappoints You
Photo: Joanna C. Valente

Photo: Joanna C. Valente



q. how would you catch a tiger

a. calvin klein obsession 


q. what’s the most disgusting thing about you

a.  fecal notes, same as you


q. what’s the most terrible thing about the air

a. it dilutes my scything


q. is it ecstatic, the spritz     uncontrollable like spit

a. femme jizz


q. and when you spill and stain the pillow cases brown and sit in the trunk for years

a. everything is crumbs


q. where do you want to go

a. i fantasize about filling cracks in tidepools, i always want to go in tidepools


q. what’s the opposite of you     your scent nemesis

a. light


q. where would you be embarrassed to be smelled

a. someone took a shit in the white house     then sprayed me


q. what makes you unlikeable

a. invisible nonconsensual orifice invasion. definitely


q. what do you do between bodies

a. quell the beating of time


q. how do you know when it’s time to leave

a. too much is left


q. what do you smell in the room      what do I smell like

a. tangy metallic bell pepper jam       wet wool


q. what sticks in the nose hairs

a. fishbowl memories      horse eyes


q. what disappoints you

a. fans

Marissa Zappas is an artist and perfumer from California currently residing in Brooklyn. She is the founder of Redamance, a perfume collection connecting women of the past with women today. She holds a MA in Anthropology from The New School for Social Research. 

Charles Theonia is a poet from Brooklyn, where they are working to externalize interior femme landscapes. They are the author of art book Saw Palmettos (Container, 2018) and poetry collection Which One Is the Bridge (Topside Press, 2015). With ray ferreira and Abigail Lloyd, they coedit Femmescapes, a magazine of queer and trans affinities with femmeness.