You Know Nobody Likes You (or, ‘How To Make A Joke’) by Maggie Haraberr

Maggie Haraberr’s You Know Nobody Likes You (or, ‘How To Make A Joke’) is an instantly relatable journey into the mind of one with identity struggles and poor self worth. Rhyme and form intertwine with the poem’s meaning, creating an extremely strong voice and an instant pick for the issue. Clarity is certainly important when tackling a mental illness, especially one that receives such an astounding amount of stigma as BPD. Poetically, this piece is gorgeous; ebbing and flowing with ease on the reader’s tongue.

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Night by Evan Matyas

Evan Matyas’ poem is one of duality – a struggle for identity in the face of perceived lack of worth. Tight metaphors and masked strength make this an extremely powerful poem and an instant choice for our second issue.

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Birth Mother by Tom Holmes

‘Birth Mother’ is a surrealist epistolary story that demands discussion and interpretation. While the accompanying author’s notes bring us part of the way to understanding, we were struck by the dreamlike lens through which the narrator views the world, at once magical and tragic.

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Burn by Elizabeth Jaeger

‘Burn’ is an extremely raw read, tackling gender identity, toxic family dynamics and self-harm. Fully developed at every turn, Elizabeth Jaeger has crafted a powerfully poignant story, with an instantly relatable narrator no matter your personal journey through life.

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