Vol. 4, Issue 4
Issue 4 of Volume 4 spotlights illness and the body: our relationship with our body, others’ bodies, sick bodies, and well bodies.
In “Fruiting Body,” poet Lane Fields imagines the body as plantlike, “fertile with compassion” for a lover’s body.
Deshawn McKinney’s poem “These Stretchmarks” embodies the speaker’s relationship with their stretchmarks, glorifying them, celebrating them.
Jessica Mehta’s mixed-media art “Chamber Coda” is a heartbreaking reminder of loved ones lost to addiction, of the marginalized communities that are often hit the hardest.
In the creative nonfiction piece, “All About the Context,” Jora R. Lam recounts the true–and humorous–story of her father pulling his own teeth because he couldn’t afford the dentist.
Mário Coelho’s flash fiction, “I was Here Before the Monster” explores the mind of a cancer patient’s lover during the last weeks of the patient’s survival.
Lastly, in Sam Kaspar’s flash fiction piece, “You got a fast car, you showed off with it and pissed us off/ (body as asset),” the speaker compares themselves to a rival, who was “born into riches . . .DNA and assets.”