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October 31, 2018

Faceless Monstrosities & the Horror Narrative: Decentering Humanity in Moby Dick and Alien

an essay

by Neil Patrick Connelly

Consider the white whale. And beside him, the xenomorph, sometime resident of exomoon LV-426. Both appear to be faceless, inscrutable blanks, and y...

October 26, 2018

Summoning Solace

a monthly feature by Agampreet Kalra

The pain we feel

I never truly thought about mental health until I began to feel this way. Every time when I went through something and felt whatever my reaction came out - was normal and not worthy of concern. Honestl...

October 24, 2018

Messy Nest

a monthly feature by Amy Alexander

There’s Many Dangerous Things That Can Happen in a Bed

I am meditating on quilts. How I took them for granted when I burrowed down into one made by my great grandmother. I appreciated them more when I looked at my sleeping son...

October 22, 2018

The Ward

a monthly feature by Elisabeth Horan

The Complexity of Mother Nature's Gifts

The fall always forms the shapes of loss. Dead leaves, dead summer, vacant endings... beginnings are for the selfish spring. Hunting season, deer bones, chaos, snow and frozen noses reig...

October 19, 2018

Passed Notes & Poems

a monthly feature by Kristin Garth

The Poem:

Fatalistic Fairy Tale

A dragon breathes inside pink skin. He owns

all of the oxygen.  He’s hatched inside

a ten year old.  Her hemoglobin hones

his stranglehold.  A bloated beast, she hides

beneath, conceived ne...

October 12, 2018

Necropolis: Eraser Marks

a monthly feature by Robin Anna Smith

 Ink and paint on paper - Smith, R.A. (2017) Afterward

There’s been a lot of talk recently about survivors of sexual assault and rape not reporting the incidents in what some consider a timely manner. I’ve rea...

October 9, 2018

Tianna G. Hansen @tiannag92


What mental illness do you suffer from?

I suffer from severe depression and anxiety which I have had my whole life. I never realized my anxiety was so bad until I was talking to one of my therapists about how my toes some...

October 7, 2018

"Yoga for Swans" by Penny Sharman


by Penny Sharman

All night incoming waves roll pebbles
on the storm beach as the girl struggles with fear,
her sweat, lack of breath, the drums in her heart
and screaming mind.
All night the incoming waves pummel
the oyster shells...

October 6, 2018


"Bent Teeth" photo by Stephen Briseño

The Pale Man’s Eyes Never Leave the Horizon

by Jack B. Bedell

—Lake Champlain

When a wave rolls up out of nowhere,

do not look down. It is my body

shifting under the surface.

I will be there in the shallows

to hear the people of the...

October 6, 2018

"Confluence 3" by Stephen Briseño

I Imagine My Rejected Poems as Ghosts

by Stephen Briseño

When rejection drops

by for his routine visit,

the ghosts rattle

my coffee cups that hang

in the kitchen, hide

all my good pens between

the couch cushions, fashion

a makeshift tin...

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