Art by Sara DiDonato

Poetry by Emerson DeLaCamara


Whisper, whispering down the hall

The two girls watch for eyes

They’re careful not to be caught at all

Under an indistinguishable guise


They stride past you and snicker

As they do to most

The wall between you just grows thicker

Friendship? A fading ghost


“Is that what she did?”

Crouching, hiding in the stall

“I heard it was him,”

They eavesdrop carefully through the wall


On the receiving end of the strafe

Every comment, so snide

No secret is safe

When they’re on the inside

Sara DiDonato was born in Naples, Italy, where her mother performed as a contortionist in a small traveling family circus. Sara received a BFA in Painting from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in Painting from the State University of New York at Albany. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in national and regional venues, including the AAF Contemporary Art Fair (New York, NY); Center for the Arts Gallery, University at Buffalo; Rourke Art Museum (Morehead, MN); Albany Institute of History and Art (Albany, NY); and A.I.R. Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). Her work has been reproduced in New American Paintings and in the Stone Canoe journal. She is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York College at Brockport, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Clarkson, NY with her partner, son, and three chickens.


Instagram @saradeedo


Emerson DeLaCamara is an aspiring writer and photographer located in New England.