Photography © Jennifer Matthews


A Shadow of a Woman

I lay beneath you
Tender, frail, small, and scared
Beneath your mountainous figure
I whimper for you to go,
to stop, and,
to leave me be
in the presence of myself.
Just a shadow of the woman
I used to be.
Before you touched me.


Shania Knowles is a student at Wentworth Institute of Technology, studying architecture. I Along with writing poetry, Shania enjoys the visual arts, including charcoal, all kinds of painting, and drawing both realistic and abstract.

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.