facetime, Saber Paustian
In ninth grade I made a list
of oxymorons. Plastic glasses. Open
secret. I reveled in the duality, like holding dark
chocolate on my tongue to let the bitterness linger.
When I came out, this is where I found
myself––not seeing a choice
in the not-choosing. Bi as in two, as in
one whole that makes my girlfriend insecure.
She asks what I first liked about her, but I know
the unspoken sticks like peach skin
in her teeth––did you leave him for what’s between my legs? Original copy. Liquid gas. Larger half.
About the Author
Sarah Terrazano· Oakland University
Sarah Terrazano is a poet whose work has been featured in Terrain.org, The Merrimack Review, and Poets.org, among other publications. She was also the co-winner of the 2019 Glascock Poetry Contest. Originally from Boston, she now lives in Madrid and works as an English teacher. Larger Half was originally published in Oakland Arts Review.
About the Artist
Saber Paustian · Auburn University
Saber Paustian is a graphic design major at Auburn University with a declared minor in computer science. She loves art, music, and spending time with her loved ones. Her work, ‘facetime’ is a portrait of a friend pulled from a screenshot taken while on video chat in May of 2019.