Art by Samantha Jones: “Items that are typically ordinary and forgettable may become nuclei of stress and fixation for people with OCD. The ink sketch, Home sweet home, depicts one perspective of a home defined by its stressors. The distortion and repetition of items emphasizes the disproportionate amount of attention dedicated to checking behaviours.… Read more ““Incantations” by Samantha Jones”
Listen to “Redefining the pain scale,” read by Jennifer Brough.
1. Remember when we first met? We laid out our dreams like a picnic spread and walked so closely even the darkness was warm. i loved you almost instantly.
2. In the archives of my life, i’m sure there have been years without pain but have misplaced the files.… Read more ““Redefining the pain scale” by Jennifer Brough”
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 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”
Listen to Kori Frazier Morgan read “Matryoshka.”
Most of the time,
it feels like I’m sloshed on the couch,
watching the newest Netflix Original Series
known as Me Going About My Day, in which
I am a spectator rather than a participant.
It’s not even an interesting show at that—
the Protagonist has no agency, barely
does anything, just sits there dazed,
as if she, too, is merely watching herself
watch someone else, watch someone
else.… Read more ““Matryoshka” by Kori Frazier Morgan”