A Collection of Poems, by Mariam Altuhaimer

This collection contains three pieces of writing. They most closely fit into the genre of poetry.

Piece 1: When I’m reading books, in every character I see myself. I guess that’s what books are supposed to do, make you feel like they’re real and that you’re a part of it all. But sometimes in the middle of words and lines, I see you. I imagine your reactions to certain parts, and how you’d let me ramble on and on about anything, even if it annoyed you.

Piece 2: I write because some nights I cry and I wanna give my tears a reason.
I know I’m depressed, but I also have shit to say.
have anxiety and sometimes the words bubble in my throat.

Piece 3: Sometimes I wish people could read my mind. Other times I make things complicated cuz I think they can.
That’s usually how I fuck up most of my relationships.
I like the idea of a surprise but not actual surprises. The idea is romantic but the actuality is terrifying.
I’ve had enough surprises, they’ve lost their glamour.

Alternate Universe, by Briant G. Soto Sandoval

There are these rumors going around about portals in different locations around the world that lead to a different universe. A universe with strange… paranormal happenings. These portals are invisible to the human eye, proven by the fact that no one has seen them. Sure, this might mean that they don’t exist, but there’ve been multiple people who have strangely disappeared in one of the locations that is rumored to have one of these gateways.

Does Failure Make a Man?: Manhood in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, by Jessenia Gutierrez

The relationship between Okonkwo and Nwoye is important in Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, because it shows how a deep fear can interfere with the way a man lives his life.
Okonkwo is afraid of being a failure like his father Unoka, and because Nwoye, Okonkwo’s son, shows similar characteristics of Unoka, Okonkwo tries to correct him so that he can be a man and not be seen as effeminate and lazy like Okonkwo’s father, Unoka. This fear causes Nwoye to stray from his father, Okonkwo. By forcing Nwoye to become the kind of man he is not, Okonkwo’s relationship with his son falls apart.