Allegory of the Man


Old-growth trees towered along both sides of the compact-dirt trail, and fungus-covered logs rested between thick beds of ferns. Though he only caught glances of the river through the thick foliage, Brady could certainly hear its fizzy roar. Even with the highway only minutes behind him, out here with his solitary section of trail, Brady felt like he had entered a different realm.

"Allegory of the Man" is a short story in the magical realism genre about a white trans man who gets swept up in social conditioning about men and masculinity. It is featured in Prismatica issue 16, out May 31, 2021. 

Because Prismatica shut down shortly after publishing this final issue, this story is now shared as a public post on Alix's Patreon page, meaning anyone can read it for free without signing up to be a patron.