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Insomniac

Insomniac

Photo by Diane Landro Written by Ali Sutherland Amnesiac, Aphrodisiac, Insomniac. It all sounded so romantic and mysterious. A disease of writers too impassioned by their words, Kept up at night by sporadic inspiration that would spur them from their sheets Like evidence of angst and rumination or reflection. But her insomnia was no enigmatic...
The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Written & Illustrated by Luis Miguel Munoz The first was Lust. The expression of desire was an idea I wanted to build from. Wanting and yearning are emotions that I find intoxicating and I wanted to recreate these with a single look. I wanted fixation, intimacy and misdirection to radiate from her eyes. As long as...
Fluid

Fluid

Written by Matt Fielding These images relate to the fragility of the human body, and how quickly health can be taken away. As i see it, death is fluid and unpredictable and these images are made to remind us that that life is precious. The form of the circle is a critical element as it...
Leaving Richmond

Leaving Richmond

Written by Melanie McKinley With over 5,000 miles between us, eight hours of time difference and two conflicting accents, I was speaking with one half of leaving richmond, Jordan Pier, for the very first time.     I had just been introduced to the music of    atmospheric, rock instrumental band. Jordan Pier made the 3,000 mile trip...
Sound Bite

Sound Bite

Written & Photographed by Ashley Laramie To fall in love with a band is a process- one with many stages. The album is purchased. Every lyric and guitar solo is inked on brain tissue to a neurotic degree. A crush is developed on the mysterious lead singer. The songs eventually hold more than just meaningless...
Circular Apathy

Circular Apathy

Photo by Matt Fielding Written by Ailsa Anderson With such kindness, such theory takes on redundancy Shattered in the face of those creases Melted in all of the jargon they cannot understand But the pain alleviates with simplicity, to help the one or the many The dilemma instilled from those words discussed years ago Among...
Keys

Keys

Photo by Hannah Ustun Written by Malashree Suvedi You’re back again. I forgot my keys. Please; quick, leave. Without me, you would be nil. I’m already nil, already dead, my movement’s not my own, I am a ceiling fan hanging from my neck twirling with your every whim, I am a slave to your will....
While you were wanting me

While you were wanting me

Photo by Hannah Ustun Written by Emily Harris I think that perhaps I waited in Someplace before the rain and songs while the sun taught me how to travel – how to reach from Someplace to Yourplace (with the sun, I lingered and watched). I waited for your patient longing to be a strong enough...
A wedding more beautiful was never seen

A wedding more beautiful was never seen

Art by Sereana Lindsay Written by Maia Taylor A wedding more beautiful was never seen Than that of Martin Haywood and Penelope Green. Her mother, crying, walked her down the aisle, While chubby flower girls shuffled behind in single file. It was her mother who reluctantly gave her away On the loveliest, sunniest morning in...
PART I: The Birth of the Elusive

PART I: The Birth of the Elusive

Photo by Hannah Ustun Written by Ali Sutherland, Ailsa Anderson & Nelly Matorina Preclude:  I am free! I have rid myself of all of this horrible culture! At an earlier breath in space and time, an idea was formed that in order to distance yourself from your own living, breathing, feeling morality all it takes...
All Consuming

All Consuming

Photo by Matt Fielding Written by Ailsa Anderson What you’re buying isn’t there, it’s a symbol, a connotation, a representation of what you think it will make you become. What you want to be is a combination of every TV show, every character you’ve ever related to, you have an idea, of an idea, of...

Procrasination

Humans – invented the arbitrary nature of time - are the only earthly species that becomes anxious over the temporal pressure to leave their legacy universal anticipation of fearful regret of living an unfulfilling life. What constitutes an unfulfilling life? • A failure to set meaningful goals • Inability to fulfill goals In both cases,...