The nurse comes by to
touch up the electrodes on my head.
Add chemicals. She says
You clench your teeth pretty often.
Did you know that?
It’s ok. I clench my teeth, too.
My entire body is tense all the time
& I can’t explain why. I’ve been a
cluster of anxiety since the day I was born.… Read more ““EEG” by Rachel Tanner”
Mathematicians say that a map f: (X, \rho_x) —> X between metric spaces is a contraction if it brings points closer together. If a contraction is sufficiently strong, it is known to have a fixed point, or a point such that f(x) = x.
Your life shrinks.… Read more ““Bounded Rationality” by Arnav Sood”
And I used to say, I am in awe of the universe,
when my body wanted to dive headfirst
into its vast everythingness. I have said,
Honesty is important to me, when I’ve meant
I need to know what the collateral damage
will be to cater to it. I say, I’ve never found
home in a place, when my body becomes an earthquake
at the thought of armor clinking.… Read more “Poetry from Orooj-e-Zafar’s HEART THE SIZE OF A LOOSENING FIST”
At 24 years old, Siobhan Hebron did not expect the migraines she had been experiencing for a week in the summer of 2014 to be anything more than a fluke. Instead, an MRI revealed the actual cause—a tumor, which was obstructing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in her brain and causing the headaches.… Read more “Siobhan Hebron’s FIVE YEARS and “Tolerating the Abled””
I stand on the bathroom scale and
a spider crawls out from under it
and there’s no pain scale for these hurts so
I make a tally in the shower, each fifth strand
of hair criss-crossing little prison windows so
I don’t lose count
and the spider disappears itself back under
the bathroom scale and my witchbelly is
tightened like a snare, my little blue toes
can be seen for miles and whatever
is possessing me—I am trying to starve it
my insides nebulous as teddy bear filling
and the sun through the warped window
goes right through my warped skin
my body is a dumpster behind
a flower shop, my body is edgeless
as an island
Rebecca Kokitus is a poet residing in the Philadelphia area.… Read more ““the spider” by Rebecca Kokitus”