so to speak fall 2017 issue

art + writing by: Andrea Acker, Amina Re, Susan C. Ingram, Mimi Drop, Rudrakshi Bhattacharjee, J.S. Sommers, Monica J. Claesson, Shikha Malaviya, Andrea Dejean, Erica Hoffmeister,
E. Kristin Anderson, Dhwanie Priya, Astra Lincoln, Kayla Queen Dyer

Letter from the Editor

Art

Andréa Acker

Andréa Acker

Andrea Acker

Artist Statement

I’m highly influenced by the Surrealist movement, the symbolism found in the figurines from the Neolithic period, the indigenous/tribal arts and since my first degree is in fashion design, those two aspects can also be in identified in my art.

 

Snake Talk, 2016 | 35×30 cm | Ballpoint, acrylic and collage on …

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Fiction

Left Out

Mimi Drop

Bebe Cohen was ushered out of the screen door, held open by her mother, and climbed down two high steps to the backyard using her hands for balance.

“Go play,” her mother’s face was a wilted jack-o-lantern, drawn inward since early morning.

“But I don’t want to,” Bebe stood facing the door with her toes touching the bottom step. The air conditioner, a shivering box that protruded …

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Nonfiction

Heavy Fruit

Kayla Queen Dyer

I finished my lunch and emptied my tray in the cafeteria. I was no longer just a weak 6th grader, but had moved up in the world to 7th grade and was experimenting with eyeliner, so things were looking up. I walked outside to the gravel lot behind the cafeteria where everyone would goof off until the bell rang for the next class. Some kids would sneak …

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Poetry

On Visiting a Friend During Her Manic Episode

Monica J. Claesson

Cross-legged on the hospital bed, you explain to me how every page
in your journal can be read like a palindrome and about the bridge
over the troubled waters of the river Styx and the human sacrifice
in the Shakespeare tragedy and the sunbeams in the R.E.M. music video
and the mermaid cats in the coloring book and the man in the movie
hanging posters on street corners and your …

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blog

Sarah Batcheller

Link Roundup: Five Pieces Resisting a Transgender Military Ban

Link Roundup: Five Pieces Resisting a Transgender Military Ban

Sarah Batcheller

A note from the StS Blog team:

Last week, Donald Trump tweeted that he intended to ban transgender persons from serving in the U.S. military. While a tweet certainly isn’t law, his rhetoric and the rhetoric from many of his supporters that followed is violent and oppressive. So to Speak strives to combat such rhetoric, which is why we asked our brilliant readers, friends, …

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Helen Hofling

Artwork by Helen Hofling

Artwork by Helen Hofling

Helen Hofling

This piece is extracted from a collection of collage-poems called TENDER THE NIGHT. The collection takes its title from a famous novel, with a notable redaction. When “is” is cut out, “tender” is transformed from adjective—meaning caring, gentle, sweet—to verb: to tender is to offer, proffer, present. Night becomes currency. The collage-poems that TENDER assembles depend on just this style of phase change: excision reaping lateral transformation. …

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Molly Beale

Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth

Molly Beale

We were as tall as the Hollyhocks were the year you had to leave me. When fairies could still be seen sleeping in the perfume of lilacs, and bumble bees loved the sweet flesh of snap dragons. We were frail like flowers too, giggling the seeds of our laughter up and away in the kite-flying wind. The whole world was spectacular and small.

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