Washington College's Student Literary and Arts Journal

Issue: Realpolitik

Stop the Birds from Giving Up

They empty feathery nests, smoke cigarettes for breakfast, and grow black lung trees. If you asked them anything about their flight maladies, they might croak something like: my wings started folded up— my chest was a suitable drawer. or when they said ‘down’ I forgot […]

On Total Representation in Ou-Topos City: From the Notebook of Beebee Ida Jones Discovered, Translated, & Annotated by Meaghan Menzel


A Scenic Painter Steps Outside

If you sit and stare at a wall, maybe hoping it will move, first you notice how many colors are contained in the red of the bricks in dry-brushed variations of burnt and raw sienna, raw and burnt umber, creating patterns that ripple and move […]

Self-Erasure from a Trauma Unit’s Waiting Room

a woman / crooked

says / less

aren’t / words / religious

the side of her head                          / /                          the red exit sign

Burning Polaroid

Simon waited on the hood of his car on the third floor of the parking garage of the mall that was two counties over from where his wife lay sleeping. It was almost midnight. Simon smoked a cigarette. His wife hated cigarettes. He only smoked […]

What They Left Behind

What They Left Behind

Unfit Conditions

There were many people in the lobby of the Bestland Hotel, but Uri was looking at the chandelier. It was as wide as a park fountain, but it spilled with crystal facets instead of water, making Uri—a slight man with a cheap haircut—feel vaguely dizzy […]