Fantasy magazine

From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

What Chimerae Read

The fables, fantasies, facts, figures
of their disparate discordant parts

the habits and traits of the lions
who form their face and forequarters

the anatomy, physiology, pathology
of their goatish unlovely midsection

myth and rumor of fire-breathers,
reports of the serpent at their tail

pondering particulars of precursors
each singular in shape and purpose

as if knowledge could undo the truth
of their own mangled mongrel self

as if they could ever be enough,
as if they could ever be whole.

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Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee. A half-Asian, half-white woman whose hair is starting to go gray, wearing a green silk blouse, in front of shelves filled with books and one teddy bear.

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but has lived in Pittsburgh for over twenty years. Her latest books are from opposite ends of the poetry spectrum: Elemental Haiku, containing haiku for the periodic table, and The Sign of the Dragon, an epic fantasy with Chinese elements, winner of the 2021 Elgin Award. She hides her online presence with a cryptically named website ( and an equally cryptic Twitter account (@MarySoonLee).