New Shoots 29

new shoots 29The pieces in this anthology focus on reflection as they navigate the spaces of their relationships, identities, and perspectives. “Dear Mr. Smith” and “Tommy” are short stories in which the characters confront changes in their families’ lives. The poem “This” illustrates how emotional pain can be physically embodied. “Stitches” is an essay in praise of plastic surgeons, the author wanting to depict “a side of medicine that has been a little disfigured lately… [we] forget the importance of simply living in the face of dying.” “Bar(r)e(n)” is an experimental love poem, with words and fragments falling onto the page to demonstrate movement in the speaker’s emotions.