Is College Better when living independently

No By Gemma Kent   Let’s start with a bit of conceptual analysis: what does “living independently” really mean? There seems to me only one way to do it properly: you forego the homely sanctuary of the nest once and for all, and venture out into the wilderness determined to claim for yourself the coveted title of ‘Fully-Functioning and Self-Sufficient Adult’. Being truly independent means no more … Continue reading Is College Better when living independently

Proto

By Gemma Kent. “You’ll die. That can’t happen. It can’t I can’t. Please.”   His gait was a wayward, deflated hop marked by a rhythm dubbed ‘shit step shit’. ‘step’ was the good foot and ‘shit’ was the bad one, and between them they stomped out a jilted four-four tempo, with occasional variance. Step. Shit. Step. Fuck. Step. Fuck Crap Shit. He insisted he would … Continue reading Proto

Ghostking is Dead (Long Live Ghostking)

Gemma Kent chats with Matt Corrigan following the release of his latest EP, Sweet Boy. There’s a few golden rules when it comes to interviewing. Among them: ‘Don’t analyse the song lyrics’, ‘Don’t quote the song lyrics’, and, my personal favourite, ‘Don’t ask them where the name comes from’. Five o’clock on a murky Monday evening, however, rules go out the window, and I open … Continue reading Ghostking is Dead (Long Live Ghostking)

In Life as in Death

By Leanne O’Connor Desmond   The stairs creaked loudly, announcing Sylvia’s descent to the basement. Her bruised white skin shone brightly under the low hanging lanterns. William was waiting for her, as he always did. She appeared like a vision of an angel, her dark hair contrasting wildly against her unique pallor. William stood as she approached. He tipped his hat politely at her. Sylvia’s … Continue reading In Life as in Death

Breaking In

The prison industrial complex has been shaping criminal justice for decades, writes Lauren Mulvihill – but what are the implications? It’s unusual to hear of anyone trying to break in to prison, and yet something to this effect has been happening since the 1980s. The past few decades have seen a massive increase in the number of prisons being passed from states to private contractors. … Continue reading Breaking In

Motley Poetry: Way Back

By Glenn J. M. Bastide The road extended for leagues through thick woods, So quiet, I put a car for every three miles crossed, And on a night like this the very air was scented, Night I say though it couldn’t be dark, not here, We crossed unfinished houses and old ones ruined, Toads crossed our paths below, mosquitoes watching above They dived for me … Continue reading Motley Poetry: Way Back