the shit you’ve been waiting for
an anthology of toilet///lit
Edited by Sammy Ginsberg & Brian Sonia-Wallace
“How vulnerable can you be half naked on the toilet with your pants around your ankles and just a little bit of shit hanging from your asshole. Pretty fucking vulnerable, I will tell you that.”
– On the Toilet, My Thoughts, Sammy Ginsberg, September 2012
Toilets are the ultimate feminists. Tell me one person you know that doesn’t shit. Exactly. Everyone has experiences with toilets. They are liminal spaces where society meets humanity – where we let our animal side out. I mean it’s a bit weird what happens in those sanitary sanctuaries, and yet we never talk about it. #taboopoo It’s fucking earthly in there. I think what happens in toilets is beautiful. It is the place one can be most vulnerable. It is a safe space, a private place in a public world.
Please enjoy these poems, prose pieces, essays, images, and artwork inspired by the toilet, our beloved porcelain deity.
In Toilet Love,
Sammy Ginsberg, Editor
In a world that takes itself too seriously, the toilet can be the last refuge of the silly, and therefore of the profound. My grandfather had a joke about college degrees: BS, MS, PhD. He said they stood for: Bull Shit, More Shit, and Piled Higher and Deeper. In the face of Literature, we offer only potty jokes.
And this, well, this is a wad. But it’s also a flush, a sanitary napkin, a whispered prayer. In these pages you will find poets from across the world, California to England to India. They are united by what’s inside them – poetry!
…and other things.
Look how much we all share. Everything that departs. See us flush. And keep pushing.
Brian Sonia-Wallace, Editor
In Celebration of
World Toilet Day 2020
November 19, 2020
Dedicated to you, beloved toilet.
Without you, we might have been one of the children who died from diarrhoeal diseases before they were five.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Always and forever.
Contents of our Toilet Bowl
FOUR (VERY) SHORT UNTITLED POEMS: by Clive Matson
TƏttee (poop in Hindi) by Deepti Gupta
Toilet Quiz by Angelique Neumann
Toilet Paper Roles by Leon D. Schlossberg
NONFIC Toilet Roll Art By Alice Bradshaw
Homily by Susan Hitchcock
Into This Vessel by Ilana Gustafson
My Number Two Piece by Christian J. Perfas
Dreaming of Toilets by Virginia C. Li
NONFIC Happy Toilet Campaign by Virginia C. Li
Gamely Throne By Troubadour Trixter
Relief Release By Troubador Trixter
Stink Less by Maureen Cox
Sittin by Maureen Cox
in the streets by Martin Hickel
Diarrhea By Jaime Lynn Becker
Full Of Shit By Jaime Lynn Becker
Journey to the City of Loos By Isabel White
His Majesty’s Greatest Menace By Matt Magee
The Afternoon I’d Not Understand For a Decade by Jennifer Kelley
Like pissing the world out by Vera Linder
NONFIC The First Rotary Club Project: Public Toilets by Sammy Ginsberg
Uncertainty On A Wad Of Angel Soft By Bryn Wickerd
Toilets: The Substance Of Grace By Daniel Tiernan
Plastic Bottle Douche By Adrian Rodriguez
Spiritual Shit by Jen Cheng
Toilet Ghost by Rochelle Roberts
NONFIC A global ‘toilet revolution’ is underway – but it’s polluting water and ignoring the urban poor by Deljana Iossifova, Purva Dewoolkar, and Youcao Ren
Shake off the Art by Jahcobie Cosom
Toilet Vignettes by Mario Incandenza
My Bathrooms by Anita McLaughlin
Not a pristine thing in sight by Radhaika Kaipur
NONFIC 5 Facts About Toilets That Will Help You Understand How Your Toilet is Saving Your Life by World Toilet Organization & Sammy Ginsberg