ISSUE TWO


Photo by Kevin Allen
Fifteen taught me of double-edged swords,
journals are your only listener
and your worst traitor,
maturing is hard for all and impossible for some,
and birthdays aren’t just for blowing out candles.
— Laetitia Djaja, BLOW YOUR CANDLES AND BE MERRY
Though the epidemic of domestic violence is frequently addressed in heavily-gendered terms, the unfortunate fact remains that abuse is a universal experience endured by a myriad of genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
— Bea-Sim Ooi, THE MYTH OF THE 'CRAZY GIRLFRIEND'

While Parkinson’s is predominantly associated with the elderly population, old age can’t be circled in red pen and labelled the sole cause of the disease when the likelihood from suffering from the shakes is higher in rural Australia.
— Alaina Dean, AN ESSAY ON THE SHAKY PALSY
Rebellion is coded so deeply in my DNA that I can’t even follow meditation instructions properly.
— Natasha Hertanto, BREATHING IN WILDFIRE
I think about seances on the underside of the water,
the ripple right before the break.
there’s a lot of feeling in being a girl without fingerprints,
who touches and leaves no trace.”
— Mallory Pearson, STARS SIMMERING ON THE STOVE
It was still warm from the tree or the heat of the day, and tasted like tingly, tangy coconut water. I didn’t mind it. Others in the group disagreed, finding it too sweet, but to me it was quite pleasant.
— Bethany Lee, SRI LANKA: A PHOTO ESSAY