Sandstone Village
Marissa Kopco

Marissa Kopco

Nurture Nest
Margalit Schindler

Star Shooting
Jenna Citrus

Jenna Citrus

It Is All in the Mind
Jenna Citrus

"definitions belong
to the definers, not
the defined"

Emily Sirko

The Sand’s Script
David Albert Solberg

The Night of
the Dance

Devin Prasatek

Cognitive Decline

Charlsa Hensley

Amy Hinman

Jamie Lefevre

Emily Sirko

Dripping Conviction of an Everlasting Beauty
Nada Abdelrahim


Crossword Puzzles
Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Another Restless Night in My Apartment
Charles Childers

A Dark and Early Breakfast
Kara Wellman

I Speak of
Lindsay Hansard

Self Portrait as a Ghost
Jenna Citrus

Pocket Watch
Andrea Ruffier

Katy Knight

Listening In
Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Priceless Advice
Erin Amschlinger

Make Me Like Autumn
Emily Sirko

What I Want to Know About You
Emily Sirko

Time Lines
RoseMary Klein

Danger of Devotion
Jennevie Stephenson

Lies We Tell Our Children
Paige Thulin


Danger of Devotion

Those who are supposedly wiser
for all the doldrums of washed out years
whisper words of caution into their children's ears
about how to guard their hearts
and keep their enemies close, 
and yet still, paradoxically, 
press those flimsy paper
into their hands at those first grade parties
in a thousand frozen Februaries, 
sparking the starry wonder of a little girl
longing for the snow angel dress
congealed someday in
And they sometimes belittle her
when she first expresses
those strange spasmodic flutters of attraction,
the fate of maybe
one wayward glance across a room. 
Later on, those empty souls
will see their speeches fall on the
closed mind's eye of that girl: 
she remembers something
they have long since forgotten.
What it really means to
love someone and
to feel like you are perfectly at home in their arms. 
It might seem to their vapid
philosophy that she is
or blind,
but what she has discovered
is that a heart is more than
just a heart, and
that love can be made manifest in
a kiss or even
painted in blood
on a forsaken cross.

About the Author

Jennevie Stephenson is a freshman at Grand Valley State University studying animal science. Throughout the course of her life, she has found that writing poetry is a healthy creative outlet for whenever she feels overwhelmed by anger, frustration, fear or sadness. It has helped her to express what she cannot say to another person's face. Through a series of difficult times she has emerged a stronger person, and this reflects itself in her writing.