So to Speak Summer 2018 Issue

art + writing by: Diana Zipeto, Shannon Flaherty, Jacqueline Doyle, Claudia Lundahl, Natalia Conte, Christina Bartson, Maureen Ott, Dayna Patterson, stephanie roberts, Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Isabella Marie Garcia, Angelique Zobitz, Susanna Lang

Letter from the Editor

Alexandria Petrassi

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Alexandria Petrassi

Dear Readers of So to Speak,

Welcome to yet another fantastic online issue, featuring visual art, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that emphasizes a particular intersection. The pieces in this issue all represent a unique voice in feminism, and they share perspectives on everything from plural marriages in Mormonism, to disordered eating and self-image distortion, to new twists on myth and historical anecdote. The voices in this issue are interested in …

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Art

Diana Zipeto

In The Folds

In The Folds

Diana Zipeto

Artist’s Statement

My still life portraits investigate issues of women’s empowerment and changing identity. Starting with paper photographs of women, I fold, tear, and crumple the images to give them a new 3rd dimension, communicating both disruption and resilience. I make large paintings of the fragile paper constructions to fix transitional moments in a solid form.

As an American female raised in the 1980s and 90s, I …

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Fiction

Bloom

Claudia Lundahl

It has been three years.

She knows she is not dying.

She is freeing herself from the confines of being human, from dragging around the weight of this burdensome skeletal mess.

The first time it happened, she was fourteen years old. Afterward, she stood in front of the mirror, unclothed, staring at herself. She was in the small bathroom on the top floor of her parents’ house, the …

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Nonfiction

Isabella Marie Garcia

February: A Timeline in 28 Parts

Isabella Marie Garcia

 

The First

I really need to choose one specific day every week to wash my clothes.

My current method hails from the world-renowned

“Wait until you have nothing left to wear but one dirty towel” School of Laundry.

I had to heap everything into the basket with my hair still wet from the shower.

The Second

At …

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Poetry

Two Poems by Susanna Lang

Susanna Lang

Terra Incognita
       And I’m generating, I’m generating,
       oh my babies by the millions where
       will you all sleep?
       —Helen Degen Cohen

It’s like when one of the dragons who patrol the edges of the known world
breaches beside the ship we did not know
we were sailing, water spraying off its scales;

or when a long-forgotten word swims …

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blog

Andrea Rogers

Date Rape Actress | How to Be a Woman

Date Rape Actress | How to Be a Woman

Andrea Rogers

Date​ ​Rape​ ​Actress

“You’re just an empty cage, girl,

If you kill the bird”

– Tori Amos, “Crucify”

 

At sixteen, she felt it

when the man gave her

moonshine: that slowing

of blood, strange feeling

of floating out.

 

And so she became a bird,

buoyed, looking upon the body;

saw it groped, kissed,

discarded, propped against

a tree, mindless, poisoned.

 

The body, thawing, rocked

back and forth ’til morning, when,

the vomit drying on its …

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Sarita Hacohen

My Scars by Sarita Hacohen

My Scars by Sarita Hacohen

Sarita Hacohen

I was two or three years old, and nice Mr. Rubinstein, our elderly neighbor from the next building, was my babysitter.  I remember lying across his knees while his hand patted my baby tushie in soft strokes. The next thing I remember is all the lights blazing and my mother screaming and screaming.

I was eight years old, walking home from school with my younger brother. …

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by Ariel Galvez

"woman & water" | "fragility" | by Ariel Galvez

“woman & water” | “fragility” | by Ariel Galvez

by Ariel Galvez

Woman & Water

What is it like
To be a woman?
Is it a bare desert?
Empty, the sand the only thing you have
To offer
Watch as it slips through your hands
Like water

Or is to be a woman to be like water?
To be the wilderness of
Rivers and oceans
Wet.

Hemingway notes “la mar”
The feminization or,
Demasculization of language
To show
The wild

Are you a sea that is well-behaved?
Calm but breezy
Helpful and sunny
Mermaids and venus
Have risen …

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news

2015-16 Contest Issue

2015-16 Contest Issue

So to Speak Editors

At this year’s AWP conference, So to Speak proudly introduced the newest supplement to our publishing formats, the Contest Issue. Get a look at and support fantastic writing through purchasing a copy.

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