Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Winter 2013

Volume 10 Issue 1


  Breath & Shadow


By Jenna-Nichole Conrad

Kabuki-style reflections,
As only a poet can,
Creased skin like bowing water
Bracken dodging curled sunlight.

Undesired hemispheres--
Self- introspectivity
--Egocentric and wanton
Lives peer through horsehair face masks.


By Jenna-Nichole Conrad

Consider me in the manifestation
Of Escaped Kite falls in love with Telephone Lines
And doesn't hesitate to feel the Rottweiler-shock-collar electrocutions
Before the thought:
"I am closer to Heaven then I was before"


By Jenna-Nichole Conrad

A paper lantern of a girl;
Dim halo hazy, stitched thin by needlework.
A precision seamstress of darker dreams--
Freedom is a luxury, not
A privilege.

Jenna-Nichole is a poet and student from Boston, Massachusetts. She is both high-functioning autistic and Bipolar-NOS. Although she believes a diagnosis is not a definition of character, she embraces them as a part of her wholeness of self, as a source of creative inspiration, and empowerment.

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