“imperative for students” by Sasha at Caffe Artigiano on Main St.

Wednesday November 2, 2016 at Caffe Artigiano
5 minutes
From the MFA handbook


ANNIE Your games aren’t cute to me, okay. Nothing about you is cute.

SARA (Standing up) I’m gonna go.

ANNIE stands in her way.

ANNIE No. You’re not. I’m not done here.

SARA Please move.

ANNIE I have some questions that need answering…

SARA Annie. It’s too soon.

ANNIE It’s not!

SARA We’ll make a time to get together, or talk on the phone, or send some emails. We’ll make a time in a few more weeks –

ANNIE I don’t want to do that.

“I’ll stop now” by Sasha at her desk

Tuesday November 1, 2016
5 minutes
From a Facebook post

Crusty says he’ll stop buggin’ me when I actually wear a real bra, like, not a training bra, like this one. We’re supposed to go camping on the Labor Day weekend but if Crusty’s gonna be there I do not want to go. I will not go. I told Lou and Lou said that Crusty and I need to learn how to get along but that’s not even an option, like, Crusty is impossible. Lou doesn’t even get it at all, like, Lou doesn’t have a care in the world now that she works at Baskin Robins. “You’re gonna get so fat!” I told Lou, but she ignored me, like always.

“Tell me a little about” by Sasha at Nadeem’s desk

Monday October 31, 2016
5 minutes
From an interview question

Tell me a little about how tired you are and how your eyelids feel a hundred and seventy pounds. Tell me a little about the space in your chest where your heart used to be. Let me build you a symphony of ache and break. Let me sing you the saddest song in the world of your choosing. Let me tell you it will all be okay, because it will be, it is, it does, easy does it.

“RESET BALANCE” by Sasha at her kitchen table

Sunday October 30, 2016
5 minutes
From a Freshii sign at the airport

When your mother puts you in gymnastics you glare at the back of her head as she drives you there the station wagon screeching to a stop in the parking place that’s meant for pregnant people. She doesn’t walk you in and make sure everything’s okay like all the other mothers she says HAVE A GOOD TIME and looks at you like everything about your existence is a highly regrettable mistake. Your purple leotard is crawling up your bum crack and you need to go pee but you say BYE MAMA and close the door gently and then you go inside and say that you’re here for beginning gymnastics please and where is the bathroom please and where is a cubby for you to put your boots.

“Then there’s no point” by Sasha on her couch

Saturday October 29, 2016
5 minutes
Overheard at Forth in Winnipeg

Margie smokes clove cigarettes and shaves one side of her head so that two different kinds of people look back at her when she stares at herself in the mirror. She eventually gets rid of all of them (the mirrors) and replaces them with abstract paintings that belonged to her Baba. When the one side of her hair grows out she embraces the stubble and even asks strangers if they’d like to touch it.