“Angel of Death”
(A character standing in a background of glitchy effects of many different colors: pink, aquamarine, and purple. His hands are near his chest but obstructed by the effects.)
(Three woman are standing around each other: the woman on the rights face is glitched out into the ground with bright red colors.)
(Two skulls with bright red eyes, melting into each other from either side; crystal-like effects are present.)
(A girl’s head is the center of the image with bright glitch effects covering most of her bright green hair.)
My art is a expression of my headspace, my interests, and my ideas. The pieces featured here are about the information age and technology, and how overwhelming and sometimes scary it can be to navigate, as well as the feelings that can come with being overwhelmed. As someone with ADHD, it can be scary to have that much information at your fingertips, and it can cause aniexty and stress. I tried to go as bold and bright as I could with these pieces to express those feelings.
Jake does experimental, bright art based around themes of mental health and internet culture. He currently goes to Manhattanville College for art education and is graduating in 2019. He has also gone to School of Visual Arts in New York for a year to study animation. He plans on teaching art to high school students after he graduates. Find out more on his website, Instagram, and Twitter.
I’d like to leave this nailbiter of a day
the spasms, the meanness, the tension
of that dark coast looming
I’d like to clock the amps of power cruel
flip the switch to opera
blast out the termites
clean up the frequencies
go to quiet
a snake graveyard
a turtle concert
a blue water map of letters
A rabbit castle
built on glass.
Ruth Lehrer is a writer and sign language interpreter living in western Massachusetts. Her writing has been published in journals such as Lilith and Jubilat. Her poetry chapbook, TIGER LAUGHS WHEN YOU PUSH, is published by Headmistress Press. Her debut young adult novel, BEING FISHKILL, is available from Candlewick Press.
If the pain that visits my body every day had a name
perhaps it would be easier to talk about it to others,
including the doctor, who nods sympathetically
and draws dogs on his prescription pad to entertain my daughter –
the under two crowd loves a good dog. I will see him again
for years, every once in a while, but the pain visits daily,
it does not ask to be fit into my busy schedule
it finds a way, and I in turn have found a way to smile
with a punch in my gut. To eat food and make conversation
while my stomach, contracts in and out as if I am preparing
to give birth. I have cleaned my house and walked through
The Louvre with a paring knife in my bowels. What to do with this?
The doctor doesn’t say that nothing can be done with words
but with years of inaction, of tests, each as unhelpful as the next.
Caitlin Thomson has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including: The Adroit Journal, Rust + Moth, Barrow Street Journal, and The Pittsburgh Poetry Review. You can learn more about her writing at www.caitlinthomson.com.