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Acrylic Bruises This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By , Phoenix, AZ
Vanessa Gillespie's poem, “Acrylic Bruises,” touched my heart. I am from an abusive background, and knowing that there are people who see the victims' pain is a ­relief to me.

Vanessa's lyrical sentences and poetic ­images create a cry for help that is rarely heard. The raw emotions that run throughout this poem – “The artist anxious to create his next masterpiece” – reach out to everyone and every perspective.

I know the pain of the victim, and the ­reaction of the author reaches even the deepest corners of the human soul. This ­poem really spoke to me, and, as a fellow poet, I give Vanessa my highest regard and complete lyrical respect.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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