Listen to MT Vallarta read “And I said—” and “A Refrain.”
And I said—
You asked me to marry you on a gurney. Is this the real life or is this a My Chemical Romance song. For three hours, I sat in the waiting room next to your mother. I counted the M&M’s and peanuts in my bag of trail mix and read the same verse by Louise Glück over and over until it became paper nailed to my skull.… Read more “Creative Nonfiction by MT Vallarta”
Listen to Sayuri Ayers read her essay, “Field.”
“Hey, sister.” Sean leans in, his eyes glazed with Haldol. “I hold gardens of eternal life in my hands.” I nod. It’s another day in group therapy. If we don’t attend, they will hear about it, and there would be no dinner seconds, no sodas, no popsicles.… Read more ““Field” by Sayuri Ayers”
Listen to “Autoimmune,” read by the author.
I am my own worst enemy.
Caught in the grip of a familiar fatigue, malaise and pain, I struggle.
My body fights itself. Joints stiffen and twist of their own volition; muscles tire without exertion. I am exhausted but cannot sleep. There are drugs to take, and these have their own terrible consequences.… Read more ““Autoimmune” by Adrienne Pilon”