Pinky Swear

Lexie Woodall, Junior from Arlington, TX   pinkies interlocked, insecurities intertwined. a point of no return, an oath of allegiance sworn.   two perfectly crooked smiles, four star speckled eyes.  worlds sprout forth from  our fingertips, senseless and  dizzying joy skips! cloaked  in the soft light of the night, secrets splurged in the darkness  and remain there for life.  you… Read more →

Dear Dead Cat

Alyssa Gutierrez, Senior from Forth Worth, TX   Dear Dead Cat,    I held you in my arms.     Your eyes were still open; staring at me as the gray started to consume your black, bubbly eyes. Comfort was foreign to you. The only warmth you knew was the tightness of the red, washed-up towel, soaked in your own urine. … Read more →


Elena Butterfield, Junior from Fort Worth, Texas   “Persephone”   i am persephone stolen from the earth hidden away under grass and ground   i am warm i cannot be found                                (i can rest) Read more →


Skylar Mavar, Senior from Biloxi, Mississippi    I watch a lot of movies and, for some reason, they feature Nicolas Cage. So, here are my top 5 movies with Nicolas Cage.      Willy’s Wonderland   Willy’s Wonderland is a “Five Nights at Freddy’s” knockoff–except this time the guy fights back. Nicolas Cage plays an unsuspecting tourist working off debt… Read more →


Sylvia Cheney-Irgens, Junior, Writing and Theatre Major from Fort Worth, TX   Lines and shapes. That’s all there is to it. Sketch, draw, erase. Rinse and repeat. There’s something coming to life under my hand. I can start to see her now – first the jaw, Now the nose, the mouth, the eyes. Add the ears, the neck and shoulders,… Read more →


Roxy Odiorne, Senior Psychology major with English and Child Development minors from Georgetown, TX.   MannequinI am a mannequin.I’m flesh and blood, tissue and bone.Bruises blossom across my skinAs reminders to watch where I’m going.Tiredness slips into my limbs at the day’s endWhile air rushes like wind through my lungs,In and out, in and out.My body proves that I am… Read more →

VHS Tape Recorded Over Too Many Times (a sestina)

Brianna Harkins, Senior Writing major from Fort Worth, TX.   Captain Ahab was Herman Melville’s bitch,Stuck in that boat, searching for a whaleThat refused a mere bloated existence.A white whale to match his white ass.Voyage on, voyage on, pay him withTobacco and blubber and teeth.Moby Dick Van Dyke clicks his denturesAt Mary Poppins’ bloomers. The ol’ biddyRefuses to cinch her… Read more →