After-School Mumble Rap With Tevin

By Liz Posner Every day after school, the squeak of rubber on linoleum told me Tevin had arrived. I’d been a Title I classroom teacher for one week, and already Tevin Walker latched on to me like a duckling. He rolled his bicycle into my classroom for tutoring, whether he needed help with an assignmentContinue reading “After-School Mumble Rap With Tevin”

Hype v. Devastating

By Dana May In one part of the Brodsky Quartet version of Bjork’s “Hyperballad,” the strings take you to the cliff where Bjork keeps returning to help her feel safe with her mountaintop companion.  I allowed the song to throw me off the edge, like car-parts, bottles, and cutlery, with that one slide in the violin solo, asContinue reading “Hype v. Devastating”

Gristle in Times Square

By Shieva Salehnia I had dreamed of New York as a gritty, glistening, dark paradise. Steaming and winding streets, some lined in cobblestone, and the smell of putrid river water splashing up against concrete barriers that keep the East River from making contact with its observers above. I imagined the conglomerate feeling more than anyContinue reading “Gristle in Times Square”

Other People on the Subway

By Dana May             Each subway ride is a gamble.  We all get on, hoping to reach our destination at a reasonable time.  This desire alone is a longing, as we wait in limbo down there for a train to arrive or in a stalled car.  I pass the time letting my phone or a book fill in theContinue reading “Other People on the Subway”

The Last Train Out of Boston

By Liz Posner It was 3:22 p.m. when I realized the boy I hopelessly loved might be dead.  The campus center was crowded that afternoon in 2013, packed with students sad to waste sparkling Boston daylight indoors, taunted by the brilliant sun reflecting off the green grass lawn, blinding us through the glass windows. TheContinue reading “The Last Train Out of Boston”