Spirit

Teen Spirit

Photo by Jacquelyn Rodriguez By Jacquelyn Rodriguez An analysis of teen spirit when you feel like you never really had it. Turning 19 felt different than turning any other age – and I don’t mean that in an I-suddenly-woke-up-feeling-more-mature-type-of-way. What I mean is that turning 19 made me realize that I had entered my last… Continue reading Teen Spirit

Danse Macabre

Photo by Yumedyne By Yumedyne At the end of Ingmar Bergman’s ‘The Seventh Seal’, the personification of Death leads the film’s troupe of main characters in a wild dance of the dead across a distant hillside, a daisy chain of manic movements and ghostly wails as they are led out of existence. The themes of… Continue reading Danse Macabre

Duwende

Photo by Bianca Bucu By Bianca Bucu “Tabi tabi po” is what my yaya taught me to say whenever we see a small hill in our backyard near the water tank. By saying, “Tabi tabi po,” it’s roughly translated into saying “Just passing by, or excuse me” as a sign of respect. My yaya told… Continue reading Duwende

An Ode to October

Photo by Sydney Stoddard By Sydney Stoddard There’s an understanding to the air of October. Like it gets it. It gets that the world is dark and scary and terrifying – but also full of wonder and potential and magic. It urges you to see both – both the ghosts behind closet doors and the… Continue reading An Ode to October

Spiderwebs

Photo by Brigita Przybylski By Brigita Przybylski Spun spiderwebs wrap around my ankles  Covering my legs in silky white cotton  Tightening their hold on me  So a devil red seeps and spreads through my skin  I feel something crawling down my back   An uncomfortable and invisible tickle  My arms shrink and become too short  As… Continue reading Spiderwebs

Crush

Photo by Greta Unetich By Greta Unetich Title and poem inspired by the works of Richard Siken Shut up. Shut up. I am in love with you. I am in love with you and now I am crushed. I don’t want to talk to you, not out of a place of malice, but because if… Continue reading Crush

The Ghosts of Our Lives

Photo by Ash Fuentes and Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes Okay, I know it’s October and not December, but how can we talk about spirit and ignore three iconic spirits: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future? Because let’s face it, what can be scarier than the Past and the Future? Nothing haunts me… Continue reading The Ghosts of Our Lives

Crying Like a Tall Child

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo Mitski’s “First Love / Late Spring” is one of my favorite songs of all time. As the weather in the city grows colder and colder, the days become darker too. I often roam the streets reminiscing about summer, though I like to pretend it never left. I always… Continue reading Crying Like a Tall Child