So to Speak Spring 2018 Issue

art + writing by: Alison Frank, Emily Ottinger, Rebecca Woolston, Janice Tuck Lively + Mary Barbara Walsh, Sarah Cook, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Dayna Patterson, Kate Polak,
Melissa Atkinson Mercer, Robin Silbergleid, Eve F.W. Linn, Jessica (Tyner) Mehta, Ambalila Hemsell

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Kristen Brida

Dear Readers of So to Speak:

This is my last issue as Editor in Chief of So to Speak. While it is bittersweet to be stepping down from my post, I am incredibly proud of what my staff has accomplished this past year and plans to accomplish within the coming years.
When I stepped in as Editor in Chief, I knew there were some issues our journal …

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Art

Morning Commute : Brooklyn to Times Square

Emily Ottinger

Artist Statement

Anatopism, which refers to something that is out of its proper place has defined my current work in painting. My work depicts snapshots of people and considers how appearance defines who we are and often determines our identity more than we would hope. When one’s voice is not heard, when we are mute by self-imposed conditions or cultural discrimination, what does the face become? …

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Fiction

A Present To Herself

Alison Frank

One day, Mercedes Bernal went to work in a three-piece suit, carrying a long umbrella. A big orchid bloomed from her buttonhole; a thin mustache adhered above her lip. She had expected an instant laugh – that would have been the natural reaction back in Mexico. But the whole office fell silent and stared as she strode through the swinging glass doors, hung her blazer …

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Nonfiction

Sarah Cook

Poet In Space

Sarah Cook

“If you write you can forge / A substance that is other than the woman of substance / You are. If you do it to such a point you can find / Yourself declining substance altogether. It happens. It is a danger.” ~Ariana Reines

1.

Being a poet means being an organism that already exists at the edges. By poet I mean woman. Either way, I’m embarrassed most …

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Poetry

Taxidermy Bride

Eve F.W. Linn

After photographs by Francesca Woodman

Head first from the bottom shelf,
I spill out, sleep-tumbled,
mirrored
in the yellow eyes of a stuffed vixen.

Here, my body in a chair.
Stains pool by my feet, or is it
my shadow? My shoes wait
somewhere.
Here, my hands sooty as sparrows,
thunder clouds,
and vex.

I look under everything.
I am a case, a box lot,
a windfall.
Sometimes, there are three of me with
the same face.

 

Eve F.W. Linn received her …

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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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