Cover Photo: Dimensions by Lauren Suval


You constantly make it impossible to make conversation

Keep us comatose but audible

And I like it, the farther I get out. — Brand New

sensitivity pricks my skin

like a mosquito who sucks my blood

and leaves its mark.

my core, my spirit;

it’s rooted in fortitude;

in its most primal state.

it had to be that way; it is that way.

sensitivity punctures holes that

can insulate and isolate;

opposing forces; human nature;

to avoid pain.

Lauren Suval studied print journalism and psychology at Hofstra University, and she is a writer based in New York. Her work has been featured on Psych Central, Thought Catalog, Catapult Community, and other online publications. Lauren's e-book “Coping With Life’s Clutter” and her latest book, “The Art Of Nostalgia,” a collection of personal essays, can both be found on Amazon. She loves to be followed on Twitter @LaurenSuval and on Facebook @LaurenSuvalWriting.