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Issue #2: Playlists

Issue 2 of Embryo Concepts
Published on August 15, 2020

In My Life

By Samantha          I remember him hunched in front of the desktop computer in jeans and a baby blue ribbed merino wool sweater with a V-neck – the one I’d helped him select at the Gap. Eyes solemn, mouth resting in a quiet line.          “My sister had our dad put together her wedding playlist,” I told…

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, as…

A New Playlist

By Joe Markell            There was a deafening silence as the ringing in his ears loudened to a scream.             He was upside down, dizzy and confused. Blood dripped in the grassy snow below his face and when he followed the source of the blood, he saw his arm hanging limp and broken. It felt as though…

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 assignment…

Both Sides Now

By Shieva Salehnia They say what breaks your heart open also opens your eyes, and in that moment, you have the chance to grow, to become the person you have always wanted to be. But it’s hard to let go, to give in to the breaking. I turned 30 years old in Brooklyn. Three years…

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