After Franz Wright

by Brian Riggins You’ve seen the movie before. A kid barely manages to catch a bus. He’s leaving home. Or maybe he’s finally going home. Other popular destinations include “somewhere” and “anywhere but here.” Soybeans press up against the highway. It’s impossible to measure progress unless the Greyhound approaches a pothole or a mile marker. […]

A Work in Progress

by Bridget Conway I’ve never been particularly good at practicing self-love. Actually, if I’m honest with myself, I’ve never even been good at self-“like”. Since I was seventeen, I’ve struggled with chronic depression. I suffer from obsessive negative thought spirals, in which either: (a) my mind generates the worst-case scenario for any given situation and […]

Assemblages

by Charise Joy Javonillo 5 years ago I stopped myself from going to an archaeological field school in Peru because I feared I would have a complete nervous breakdown in the Andes. Excavating in a foreign country while every part of my body trembled from obsessive thoughts and unfounded fears spelled imminent disaster. Instead of […]

Identity

by Anon I know I’m not the only one that went through this at some point in life: Depression. Depression is dark, powerful, and sometimes inescapable. It’s an epidemic among us that most of us keep silent because we’re afraid to show our peers that we’re weak and vulnerable. After months of whirlwind emotion, a […]

Good Enough

by Emily Vulcano I threw up after most of my meals when I was young, because I had a boyfriend who would say to me, “Really? you’re going to eat THAT?” in the cafeteria. I lost friends after he said they only talked to me because I look like a slut. I walked with my […]