Photography © Jennifer Matthews


the pacific ocean is filled with 17 hours

summers here are sticky like wine left to the mosquitoes.
youth is ignorance. in youth, dollar bills are just money,
even though they have that face on them.
the bus is always crowded. you only hope that
it’s a young girl pressing near you and not an old man.
smells like sweat and lemony cleaner.
it’s only cool in the red brick building, and part of it
feels like home but the other part feels like a dungeon.
grandma’s memory is fleeting. sometimes she sits
like a husk in a room full of photographs.
to be empty in a city of millions. she must know what it’s like.


Maggie Sun currently lives in Arcadia, California. She loves collecting phone cases and hairpins.

Poet/Photographer Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.