Image 1 – “Blood Brothers”
A man in Victorian dress, and with metal prosthetic arms, sits against a background of tropical vegetation and flowers. Beside him is a tiger. They both have similar challenging expressions on their faces. There are phrases which frame the central image – ‘dare to live,’ ‘speak the truth,’ ‘dare to love,’ ‘live without fear.’
Image 2 – “Dollface”
The porcelain head of a doll stands out from a black background.… Read more “Collage Art by Sasha Saben Callaghan”
Listen to Constance Bourg read her poem, “Please Pay at the Reception Desk on Your Way Out”
No one is saying that your illness is in your mind.
You may well find yourself having all sorts
of physical symptoms. But our tests are the source
that we base our opinion on.… Read more ““Please Pay at the Reception Desk on Your Way Out” by Constance Bourg”
Listen to Cassia Hameline read “A Peeling Back.”
As a kid, I spent my summers at my grandparents’ lake house. I remember how the oak trees outside had overgrown so much that when the wind blew, they’d scratch against the windows like nails. When it was raining or too cold to swim, I would stay inside and watch reruns of the Rugrats.… Read more ““A Peeling Back” by Cassia Hameline”
Listen to Melissa Frederick read “The Questions.”
What is pain but a question
and an answer?
I ask, do you hurt?
You tell me,
the days and nights smear
together in a wet clump.
to cause and effect:
if morning → wash
if lunchtime →chew
if seated → rise
and beneath every action
a murmur of distress,
a secret, relentless algorithm
broken at random.… Read more ““The Questions” by Melissa Frederick”