The Art of Depression: CL Bledsoe/Tony Mancus


Tony Mancus is the author of a handful of chapbooks. He lives with his wife Shannon and three yappy cats in Colorado and serves as chapbook editor for Barrelhouse.

CL Bledsoe is the author of seventeen books, most recently the poetry collection King of Loneliness and the novel The Funny Thing About… He lives in northern Virginia with his daughter and blogs at (with Michael Gushue).

In a Late Stage

We will be the fossil fuels

of the future, so be thankful

for the pressure. A yellow-

flavored sense of imprecision.

An ambivalent taste in the air

whenever certain fabrics

are mentioned. Your heartbreak

will load right after this ad

for a shell-less hard-boiled egg

maker. The shell is what’ll

fold first – so brittle in its holding.

You take your cues from the dryer

lint. Whatever’s left over

after something’s been cleaned

soundly. You pull your yolk

out in chunks to test how done

it should be. The ad runs right

through the blank wall where

your shadow’s been purifying.  

It’s breakfast time. You can make

bacon out of eggplant

if you’d like a different kind

of murder. Sit and stare

and chew and listen to the blood

trying to escape the wood paneling

on your chest. It’s important

to keep the machine running until

the buzzer tells us it’s over and we

can rest. It’s important to nod

when your failure to recognize

the difference between feelings

and features comes pre-packaged.

The light in your eyes dim

as a ten-watt bulb. The fog

in your horn spilling out

like only fog can.

The Art of Depression: Suman Kabiraj


Suman Kabiraj is a contemporary artist based in India , Calcutta. An MFA in Painting and Drawing from Calcutta University , India. 

About the Piece:

These images are from his experience from his society. They challenge feeling, and are related to anxiety, struggles, and surroundings.

Follow His Work:

Facebook: /suman.kabiraj.9

Instagram: @sumankabirajartstudio

The Art of Depression: Amirah Al Wassif


Amirah Al Wassif

Women Rights

don’t try to introduce my skin to your skin
cause such introduction doesn’t let the light to get in
don’t try to prove me as your servant
while starting my talking about the equality between women and men!
don’t try to teach me the art of life now and then
cause my life is my life
I am not your plastic woman

I am a free and clever idea
traveling from south to north
I am a free and clever idea
seeking boldly for the truth

don’t try to name me by your names
unfortunately, I am not one of your games
I am the eternity tale of Eve
who spent her life, tries to think
tries to believe
and don’t wrong me
this is my essential battle to be!
so, don’t try to silence my voice
as a fake reason to get rid of the noise!
and don’t wrong me
this is my essential battle to be!

I am a woman with high ambition
a poetic soul looking for full expression
so, don’t try to introduce my skin to your skin
cause such introduction doesn’t let the light to get in
don’t try to prove me as your servant
while starting my talking about the equality between women and men!

The Art of Depression: Carl Scharwath/Jennifer Link


Carl Scharwath – Photographer

Jennifer Link – Model

Carl Scharwath, has appeared globally with 150+ journals selecting his poetry, short stories, interviews, essays, plays or art photography (His photography was featured on the cover of 6 literary journals.) Two poetry books ‘Journey To Become Forgotten’ (Kind of a Hurricane Press).and ‘Abandoned’ (ScarsTv) have been published. Carl is the art editor for Minute Magazine, a dedicated runner and 2nd degree black- belt in Taekwondo.

About the Piece:

This is a photo of Carl Scharwath’s friend Jenny Link who modeled for his photography. She battled with depression and PTSD most of her life and sadly died of a painkiller over-dose. She is now his guardian angel.

The Art of Depression: Jack Droppers and the Best Intentions


Jack Droppers and the Best Intentions

About the Piece:

Jack Droppers was diagnosed with depression a few years ago and said this song is an attempt to come to grips with the fact that depression won’t necessarily make him a better writer but it also isn’t completely bad either.

All the Same To Me Now


All the Same To Me Now

I thought I’d enjoy the sadness

But It just disappointed me

Like a “get well soon” dollar store balloon

That went and flew into the sea

depression taught me a lesson

Like the ocean learns the moon

I try and behave as I wrestle with the waves

But the tide pulls be back toward you

Whether I’m staring at the heavens

Or I’m staring at the ground

Whenever I’m wonderin’

What this life is all about

Cause all of my beliefs still feel like doubts

But it’s all the same to me now

Sittin’ in the backseat

of a three row minivan

You were thumbing through your journals

of all your adolescent plans

you were gonna move to Nashville

with all the boys in the band

you were gonna write that single

get you up on the grandstand

now you’re living with the things

that you could’ve lived without

if only you had spent your 20’s

acting a little more devout

cause time only moves as fast as God allows

but it’s all the same to me now

like you’re trying to separate the shade from the clouds

or a child who lost her mother in a crowd

to those secret things we’ll never say out loud

to these prayers that still carry me around

they’re all the same to me now

The Art of Depression: Rachel Cunniffe


Rachel Cunniffe is based in the North East of  England and has  written a  wide range of  poetry  since being a teenager, has a MA in Writing Studies gained in 1995 from Edgehill University College. Real jobs stifled her creativity for 16 years  and she has  recently  been able to partially retire and spend more time writing again. She has been a member  of several creative  writing groups  one of which  has  been in existence since 1991. She read regularly at the now sadly no more Callender Poetry Festival in September during that time for about 9 years.She lives with a large black dog and two cats.


You don’t keep your promises.

Magpie blue, welders torch blue

frost blue.

A colour for every occasion

with a hook line for opposites –

blue of a polar bears coat

blue tropical skies.

Not mood, not establishment.

I can’t brand you

The Art of Depression: Kaci Skiles Laws


Kaci Skiles Laws is a writer and artist living in Dallas—Fort Worth. Her work has been featured in The Letters Page, at Bewildering Stories, on Poetry Circle, and is upcoming in 50 Haikus, The American Journal of Poetry, The Bollman Bridge Review, and Sub Rosa Zine. She recently won an award for her poem, This is How it Ends, by NCTC’s English Department and is currently working on a children’s book called The Boogerman.

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