Kaitlyn Gaffney is a north Jersey poet and senior Writing major at Rowan University. She serves as a poetry editor for Glassworks Magazine. Her work is published in Avant Literary Magazine, The Rising Phoenix Review, and forthcoming in Gone Lawn. She has produced two original plays through Rowan. Rest-less She pulls at herself every day, […]Read more "Rest-less"
This is part 1 of a three-part series. Click for part 2 and part 3. First of all, if you know anything about the internet, you know that if you want to stay relevant, it’s important to do everything at a lighting-fast pace. You have to capitalize on the attention you have while you have it, because the […]Read more "Surprise! You’re Viral! (Part 1)"
I heard that the first place I’d worked in Oregon shuttered today the same way we hear everything now: a Facebook post. A friend was tagged in a dim cell phone shot snapped in the dying Lloyd Center Mall in Portland. Lloyd Center has been dying since I first moved to Portland in 2003. A […]Read more "The Corset’s Last Breath: Frederick’s of Hollywood is Dead"
Monica Van De Pitte joined Lake Oswego based wireless provider Velocitel in 2012. Her son was one at the time, and she was still nursing him, so they told her to pump milk in a supply closet. Oregon law requires companies provide unpaid break time for pumping, in a locking private room. Some companies provide […]Read more "Sexual Harassment of Nursing Moms"
Every skinny morning’s first minutes wade through nagging thoughts On the top of every month like clockwork She thinks she thinks she thinks you are both still fasting As if every woman ticks From the same town As if you all heave the same weight from the neck As if your mothers fed you the […]Read more "A Chain"
LOST YOUR VIM FOR SELF-GROOMING? Miss Madame (and your mom-in-law!) helps you get your groove back! Dear Miss Madame, I have a touchy problem. My French mother-in-law simply refuses to stop asking me, “Tu vas te faire jolie?” This translates to, “Are you going to make yourself pretty?” It started the day […]Read more "Dear Miss Madame : Pretty? Yes You CAN!"
I have a bad habit. It’s a routine. A ritual, if you will. Every morning on my way to work, which is 45 minutes away on a streak of green lights, I listen to the Johnjay and Rich morning show. This isn’t something to brag about. It’s a syndicated radio show broadcast from Phoenix and […]Read more "Sincerity Killed the Radio Star"
I’d like you to picture a 37-year-old woman jumping around her kitchen, raising her arms in the air as she belts out, “Let It Go.” She twirls her children in a waltz and claps in excitement alongside her 3-year-old daughter when, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” comes on next. I’m not exactly proud […]Read more "Is Frozen Good or Bad for Girls?"
Wanting to look nice isn’t a character flaw. It doesn’t mean you hate yourself, or you’re judgmental of other people’s appearances, or any number of superficial shames. Photoshop and Instagram, with their light-bending and pimple erasures, are not inherently evil. When used sparingly, they can elevate the raw material that a basic camera produces and make […]Read more "WTF, Jez? The Lena Dunham Debacle"
I don’t know how I ended up watching the season finale of South Park, which originally aired on December 11th. Retracing my steps, it looks like I was in a gulley between American Horror Story: Coven and The Daily Show, and the cartoon seemed more appealing than a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives rerun. This particular […]Read more "Wendy Wept"