Sarah Simon

c i n g u l u m


It is an integral part of the limbic system, which is involved with emotion formation and processing, learning, and memory. The combination of these three functions makes the cingulate gyrus highly influential in linking behavioral outcomes to motivation (e.g. a certain action induced a positive emotional response, which results in learning). This role makes the cingulate cortex highly important in disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.

—“Cingulate cortex” from Wikipedia

wraps to form a cranial

bay curve


winding from that

Boston Bostonian

I am not a New Englander but Cape Cod’s shiver


above is that Merrimack of mine

and skiing and reading,

collapsing into the cortex of itself, laughing:

He is saying his haircut is always $16

and when paying

he only asks for a dollar back

There is not depression;

You “thank you” through a drawl drawn

out and down with the staircase,

to a door held open for you that

you expect to be held open for you

There is hope in you expecting;


There is a

silence after screams.

You are etched on my heart


1 engrave (metal, glass, or stone) by coating it with a protective layer, drawing on it with a needle, and then covering it with acid to attack the parts the needle has exposed, especially in order to produce prints from it: (as adj. etched) : etched glass windows.

There is the feeling come


There is far too much feeling.

So I will go away from it now

and vacation on the Cape playing hand

games with anchors;

serotonin is the masthead and my boat is upside-down

So the anchors will dock in my direction,

and I will have a will to entertain them

with whispers. of little things the people around me do,

curving to drown a family secret:

planning and expecting and art and feeling,

laying beach chairs out over the hook

and an umbrella,

to protect from the sun.

Their little ticks are the curlicues

drawing on banalities concentrically, while

depressed people only draw on themselves.

Depressed people twist for nothing.

Depressed people know they know everything.

Depressed people are more realistic.

Depressed people neither maintain tip rituals nor

Drawl to held-open doors, nor create;

Depressed people are not in love.

(Am I depressed)


Definitions are what is known

in parses.

Wrap the cingulum by a numb-numbing curve, and

accept the prehensile word. eat clam


Would 6 be a good time for dinner?

Feels like I’ll be hungry by then

(You are quite good at monitoring the activity of your duodenum)

(It’s nice to know you care about things)


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Sarah Simon is a junior studying psychology at SUNY Geneseo. She likes to use the word receptive. In her free time, she is friends with fictional characters.