Self-portrait of the writer as a dictionary
artist, n. pl - a community of believers who know that there is room for improvement in this world
blue, adj. - dreamers’ sleep
canker sore, n. - the way the past keeps cropping back up, the way it always hurts
domino effect, phr. - the volley of insults that fly until the whole forest’s burned down
epidermis, n. - a last defense against the knife
family, n. - the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb. people always forget that last part.
give, v. - counterattack to the breaking glass
heterozygous, adj. - your father’s eyes; your mother’s way with words
irony, n. - a technique often used in Greek tragedy in which the audience knows the significance of events in a character’s mess of a life
jasmine, n. - a smell that haunts the dreams, lingers on the fingertips, causes vivid recollection
karma, n. - hope
live, v. - a choice, day in, day out
meaning, n. - the stories we tell ourselves. the forces that drive us
need, n. - for reassurance, constancy, constancy, constancy
omnipresent, adj. - the fear of forgetting. but forgetting what?
ponder, v. - horrible immensities
quiver, v. - removal from the earth
race, v. - to the finish, to the end, to whatever comes next
shake, v. - the edge of believability
test, v. - boundaries, faith, limits, again again again
understand, v. - heart, gut.
vivid, adj. - b-roll rejection
words, n. - method of expression, often futile
x-ray, n. - sticks and stones may break my bones but words leave deep psychological wounds that may never heal
yellow, adj. - daffodils, dreams that blind
zodiac, n. - arbitrary possibility; possibility nevertheless
About the author:
Irene Vazquez is a student residing in Houston, Texas. The summer of 2014, Irene studied creative writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Irene received a regional Silver Key for her poetry in the Scholastic Writing Awards, and she received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, sponsored by Hollins University. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Rollick, Rising Phoenix Review, and Words Dance Mag, among others.