Subject 1

She looked at a whole page of accordions. Her syllabus is in Italian, Shift rustle click click. She is no longer doing any work. A rose on her shoulder, An umbrella in her arm. She hides behind my screen And hers. Chewing gum we stare again. How many people? About six. This is universal. Six […]

Nightmare

The sun sets and my memories fade to blots of black, men of tar and kerosene who chase me in my sleep. They slip through the corners. They crawl through the sides of my mind rattling hungrily, bodies of hair and mold and fog. written by Jacqueline Segelnick

Perspective

Perspective

What if black cats tell  kittens, rush and cross in front of humans, or find another way around, because crossing a human’s path is bad luck? What if sidewalk fractures quell in fear when shoes tread over their miniscule chasms? What if mirrors, being by their nature truthful, curse themselves for seven years when they […]

Spider

Spider

I am a spider with veins boiling venomous I crawl, I creep and disturb your slumber Flies lock into my web wrapped around my finger spinning, trapped, no escape They beg and plead to leave but I enjoy their company I grow, I crave and they are all I see “Feed me, feed me,” I […]

papersongrass

Motivation for Courses on Motivation

On a campus summer weekend behind the science building, I found papers scattered. They asked, “What do you expect from this course,” and also, “Why are you taking it?” The answers were snapshots of students’ souls, so carefully, like damaged fruit or bruised children I gathered the papers and carried them with Charles Bukowski looking […]