mariconcito VII by Jose Useche

VII. How do you deny patience? How do you dismiss respect? How do you reject unconditional love?  I will tell you how. You like yourself so little that you find anyone who will give you those things a  fool. Only a delusional, misguided pushover would voluntarily nurture you.  That is how it was being with…

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mariconcito VI by Jose Useche

VI. PB was a place rife with inconveniences: a narrow, creaky bed provided by the theater where  one couldn’t even sit up without careening into the top bunk; sunburnt noses and shoulders;  and sand that finagled its way onto and into every surface imaginable – toes, teeth, eyelashes  and even my luggage, which I discovered…

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Healing Spaces and Places by Maya Mathur

Like most, I’ve always enjoyed receiving flowers. My first boyfriend used to pluck hibiscus and plumeria from the neighborhood hedges and place them behind my ear, causing seventeen year old me to swoon. When we broke up, I continued to buy myself flowers as a sweet gesture— tangible proof that I could make myself feel loved in this…

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Interesting Times: “Life in Toxicity” by Arsha Adarsh

Illustration by Divyakshi Kedia Interesting Times is a diary-style creative nonfiction series that brings together the writer’s experiences of this bizarre new world. Featuring a forest fire evacuation, police hypocrisy, surprisingly friendly preppers and so, so many baby rabbits, it fuses naked vulnerability, impotent rage, and the strange, offbeat humor to be found in our newest…

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