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”
Listen to Sol Camarena Medina read “Sick Woman.”
Your mouth so blue even birds
get lost in it.
how sick you are, not even your doctor, oh no, they’re all praising
your sapphire tongue, your teeth like tiny turquoises hanging on an ancient necklace
your palate smells of the dead but your lover’s turned into a raven
and waits for the funeral the way you wait for harvest.… Read more ““Sick Woman” by Sol Camarena Medina”
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”