1.
The first time you told me you loved me
it was a clear midnight in July.
You were having an anxiety attack.
I can't tell if I should be flattered

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Torn Ventricles
Roxanne Smith

For ev'ry trembl'd rock and stone
of brooke and vale and buri'd bone
where ev'ry springly blossom blow'n
tumbl'd freely wi'dth 'ere road

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The Cobbler
Sean Carlisle

new dawn, new day, new drug
new way of living
at least for the grace period

with no therapeutic threshold

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Special Rx
Nadia Leiby

:space:


if I take the
ass I want

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I ask you
Anna

air that's forced to fly

while air has been known
to fall, ache out - snow
on a summer's day

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Anna

1. I come into this world screaming like a missile as it cuts the air in two.
2. Shapes, colors, time, movement, love, hate, developing from small fragments, pieced together into a quietly growing mosaic of a being.
3. I shit my pants.
4. The grape juice spills and I wail, wanting to put the sweet ambrosia liquid into my mouth but knowing that I cannot.
5. I start to daydream about a wider world, filled with mystery, filled with terror, ready to be indulged.

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JG Smith's Autobiography up to 2/7/2015
J.G. Smith

Several times I've tried writing you letters,
but the point never seemed to get through to anyone but the mailman.
I guess I used to think nothing was wrong,
but for the past few years I've been dealing with ghosts in my blood
and aliens in my head.

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10/22/14
Aiden

When I was four years old,
he told me I was his stars in the sky
and his favorite of the pale lilacs my mother grew in her garden.
I believed him and told him I'd kiss the hour he came home safe.
When I was nine,

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Favoritism
Aiden

I watch raindrops on my windowpane as they race each other to the sill,
colliding halfway there.
I watch raindrops as they become part of the meaningless puddles on the ground,
lost in apathy.
I watch and think about how I used to love the rain,

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Raindrops
Aiden