I have a backpack

Words and Artwork by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD I have a backpack, It bare and new, Still smells like the shop, But I have a backpack. My mother helps fill it with Clothes, and toiletries; Her tears, and my hat; A big tub of sunscreen and some guilt. Dad lets me go like a Magician…

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Lolendo

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Artwork by Vanessa Kalau (she/her) 22 WA   Banner Illustration by Jodie. You can find more of her work on Instagram @jodie_ellin

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To My Housemates, With Love

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   I have found many sisters in the faces of my housemates. They weave between my fingers, Smile at my sore knuckles After another hard fought day. Never by blood, Always by chance. But aren’t those the best kind Of relationships   You cannot tell me Our smiles are not…

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Coming, Coming, Gone

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD     ‘I’m going to cum,’ you moan into my ear. A declaration, an encouragement, For me to keep doing what I’m doing, Which is, If I’m being honest, nothing. And it feels like nothing; Unseasoned meat, a blank space, the loading page. I suppose I could do more, But…

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Coping

Artwork and Words by Wren, 19 ACT  This article contains themes about mental health, anxiety and depression which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline – 13 11 14 This piece was a finalist of the…

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Verified

Artwork by Ziggy, 23 NSW  Artist Statement: I had to be ‘verified’ by a medical professional as transgender, before I could continue with my transition. The funny thing is everything in this drawing makes me trans. AND nothing in this drawing makes me trans. Every transgender person has their own ideas of what being trans…

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