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 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”