Faking It by Mallarie Stevens

Almost in direct contrast to the hope in one of this issue’s other flash stories, ‘Trash Heap Homes’, Mallarie Stevens’ ‘Faking It’ explores the numbness of the character’s mental state. It is a singular intimate moment in her experience with this therapist, seemingly insignificant until the end, when it becomes everything. Beautifully rich poetic prose, thick with atmosphere and imagery.

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You Know Nobody Likes You (or, ‘How To Make A Joke’) by Maggie Haraberr

Maggie Haraberr’s You Know Nobody Likes You (or, ‘How To Make A Joke’) is an instantly relatable journey into the mind of one with identity struggles and poor self worth. Rhyme and form intertwine with the poem’s meaning, creating an extremely strong voice and an instant pick for the issue. Clarity is certainly important when tackling a mental illness, especially one that receives such an astounding amount of stigma as BPD. Poetically, this piece is gorgeous; ebbing and flowing with ease on the reader’s tongue.

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