The Three Things She Was Most Afraid Of—Until She Wasn’t

Drowned in a downpour, brimmingwith words, I danced in streets of broken water.Heat index hundred-six, but always so cold,I came to terms with reality in the slaughtered light:the ache of the knee,the ache of the knee and the way the heavens ran dry,the ache of the knee and the sinusoidal fearthe ache of the knee…

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Irene Vasquez

Irene Vazquez is a student residing in Houston, Texas. She attends St. John’s School where she writes and edits for her school newspaper, The Review. Irene received a regional Silver Key for her poetry in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and she received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, sponsored by Hollins University. Her journalistic writing received a first place Gold Circle award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Alexandria Quarterly, Rising Phoenix Review, and Words Dance Mag, among others.

Dara Cochran

Dara Cochran is a multi-disciplined creative personality with backgrounds in both illustration and business administration. A freelance illustrator and fine artist, Cochran loves the challenge of tackling new subject matter, working in a variety of traditional and digital media. Her skills as an artist are as diverse as her interests, and she enjoys every opportunity to combine media, creating an aesthetic unique to each piece. Dara currently lives and works in Colorado, splitting her time between the studio and the beautiful outdoors. See more of her artwork at

First Featured In: No. 3, winter 2015

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