Category Archives: Poetry

Midnight Drives

by Anisa Dahir Late-night drives, window rolled all the way down As the wind blows and the moon is full Speeding down the road Everything is clear, the path ahead of us, our minds With new problems to worry about … Continue reading

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Substance Abuse

by Nathan Yokey A curling wall of teal wraps around her and she feels each drop of spray as she glides on her first wave. A smooth euphoric stroke of board and sea comes to an end, the white water … Continue reading

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Self Portrait as Incense During Worship

by Jenn Ngeth You take a light; that blistering flame to the tip of my head––   the start to my demise.   The countless ashes of my kin succumb to your prayers; sacrificed for the absence of holy statues––   mythology … Continue reading

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The Fire of Learning

after Ilya Kaminsky, Author’s Prayer By Mason Hap   To understand their words, you need to forget the blazing beat of your chest.   The self-taught rhythm, a single ember keeping the flame alive. Life of language, with smoke that … Continue reading

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For Kiara and Karly – The Angels Over Ballyhoo

by Rosie Pound They call you “The Angels over Ballyhoo” But I do not see angels, or ghosts. I see your toothy smilesin the rocks on the mountainside. I hear your laughter in the wind. Your spirits still felt in … Continue reading

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The Shape of Fruit

by Zareen Gesmundo On days where all is hopeless, my mother greets me with a luxurious bowl of fruit. Its colors as vibrant as the summer. Each piece skinned and peeled to perfection. Different varieties, cut into geometric pieces. Almost … Continue reading

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War Memory Lane

by William Kuch I was once in the middleof nowhere in anotherworld. I am trying to avoidremembering it,but it is inevitable. Experiences are printed inmy head even though theyseem invisible. ClearlyI am still seeing them inmy sleep as I dream … Continue reading

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violets for violence

by Sarah Sutherland-Field I am still burning.Each breath sets fire to my house of violet flowers. All I’ve ever known is quiet kept tears.Thoughts I can only try to slap, scratch, peel away from tearing skin.A picture burned into my … Continue reading

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Plush

by Chelsea Lowery       after Kim Addonizio   I want a collection of lipsticks. One in every single shade.   Colors that wrap around my lips- and decorate the words they speak.   I want to be able to pick … Continue reading

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No blank canvas

by Lazarus TR Lavandre Out of the mug’s cracked ceramic lip soft steam billowed through stale air hissing that this promise just given, that you hope to be kept, is forgotten, forfeit among their stressful schedules and slipping thoughts. Again. … Continue reading

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