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Digital Diagnosis

By: Sara Gilbert


TikTok says

only people with

ADHD un-focus

their eyes

at will.


My eyes ease,

bleary blue-light

spreads for several

seconds before

sharpening.


Blurriness embodies

me like thick-thin

hair, blue-green

irises, Latin

Our Father’s and


Chanukah prayers

next to Christmas

trees: Baruch atah

Adonai, Eloheinu

Melech ha-olam.


Recently I realized

“existential crisis”

is the same in

both English and

Yiddish just with a

different alphabet.




Sara Gilbert is a third year Ph.D. student in fiction at Oklahoma State University with a secondary emphasis in contemporary Irish literature. She has an MFA in Fiction from American College Dublin in Ireland, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her fiction has been featured in Havik, Jenny, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, and the Santa Clara Review. Her work tends to focus on behavioral psychology and is based in places her own travels have taken her.

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