Dr. Jack’s Coney Island was our first choice for the first issue, and instantly set in stone what we wanted for the journal. Surreal and dream-like, or perhaps nightmarish, Jennifer Porter’s narrative is dominated by its heavy atmosphere, brimming like a storm on the horizon, and somewhat reminiscent of Murakami’s After Dark. An intelligent and thoughtful depiction of desperation and the intrusive thoughts that go with Postpartum Depression.
An extremely promising writer, Emma Guinness’ strength lies in her fantastic depiction of the repetition that comes with obsessive compulsive disorder, but there’s so much more to be found here. Delve deeper through Check’s layers, and you’ll find hints of domestic abuse, general anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Be sure to keep an eye out for the number 4.
Complex and multi-layered, Daniel Roy Connelly’s poetry insists on being read multiple times in different ways in order to fully appreciate every nuance. Good poetry reads like velvet on the tongue and mind, and this is no exception. And intelligent and poignant depiction of life with bi-polar disorder that we’re honoured to feature in our first issue.
When I Sit With Your Troubled Mind is a beautiful and heartbreaking representation of what it is like to care for someone with depression; the pain of not being able to help and not knowing every intricacy of the sufferer. Allyson Whipple’s poem moved us more than expected, leaving its fingerprints on our minds like scars unseen.
Show Business examines the ridiculous nature of the language that we use when talking about mental illness in a powerful way. Mariya Deykute’s voice is both extremely strong and darkly comic, certain to make you laugh and question our reality more than once. This is exactly what flash fiction should be.
Contrasting natural beauty with depression, Emily Claire Utley’s An Apple a Day beautifully depicts the stains we feel our illnesses leave on our lives and the lives of those we love. There is no resolution to be found here; simply an unflinching snapshot of two lives in ruins.