by Neesa Suncheuri
Are you around, or have you disappeared?
I wonder, if I’m suitable for you.
My past with men, these memories I’ve since feared,
Now ruminate and putrify what’s true.
Your friendly ways, entirely new to me,
Make me realize that I’m of worth and weight.
I’ve lost so many years, but still I’m free,
And now I’m optimistic of my fate.
I now avoid all nasty, evil men.
I hope you still remain within my view.
At times, your absence causes fret, but then
You reappear, and I’m no longer blue.
The greatest lesson I have ever learned:
Time passes… only then are friendships earned.
Staff Writer – Poetry
Neesa Suncheuri works as a mental health peer specialist at a housing agency in Queens, New York. She is the founder of a Facebook discussion group for peer specialists and other recovery enthusiasts, entitled “What is Wellness? A Mental Health Discussion Group.” Much of her creative inspiration is rooted in her now-tamed schizophrenia. She writes poetry and fiction, and maintains a blog called Unlearning Schizophrenia. She is also a singer/songwriter, and an enthusiast for the German language and culture. Follow her on Twitter at @neesasuncheuri.
by Stephen Hardman
Writer – Rick Remender
Artist – Sean Murphy
Colours – Matt Hollingsworth
Letters – RusWooton
As developments in robotics and artificial intelligence continue at an ever increasing pace, the inevitable concern among many people is the impact that these advancements will have on jobs, with a legitimate fear that robotics and AI will be the preserve of the rich, while the poor become more downtrodden as the inequality gap widens to an unassailable distance. These fears are brought to life in the pages of Rick Remender’s Tokyo Ghost from Image Comics. Together with the unbelievable art of Sean Murphy, the fantastic colours of Matt Hollingsworth, and the always flawless lettering of RusWooton, Tokyo Ghost is a sumptuous comic book which is well worth anybody’s time.
Continue reading REVIEW: Tokyo Ghost
by Sami-Jo Cairns
Are you a bear or a snail?
Odd question? Maybe. Though I’m among those considered “odd”. Why? Many reasons, but in this case, because while the first day of Spring heralds millions of people to take in a fresh breath of the new season with great hopes of longer days and warmer temperatures, I’m peeking out from behind heavy curtains and closing them tight with a grinchy “hrumph”.
Continue reading Summer Blues
I glimpse her hiding in the shadows, between a heartbeat and the next faltering breath. Her alabaster skin gives stark contrast to the black satin corset over her flowing black dress. Dark lace and gossamer wings accentuate her onyx eyes. The pale beauty of her thin face, high cheekbones, and stringent jawline frame her luscious lips. She smiles, a smile that would shame the full moon of October, and I forget to breathe.
Continue reading Between Heartbeats: Depression – Living One More Day
Being a woman in any profession can be a challenge because society is so focused on a woman’s looks. Men have pressure to look and be a certain way too, but the pressure seems more predominate for women. Women have been told how to dress, how not to dress, how to wear makeup and do their hair, and it’s usually so that they are as “visibly appealing” as they can be.
Continue reading Our Talent is Not Measured by Our Physical Appearance by @jcahannigan