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  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    Picture this: a little girl trapped in a big body, unsure of herself and even more unsure of everyone else. She picks up self-consciousness from the media; words like bloated and fat waltz through her every waking thought. Childhood slips away, leaving her in vacuous space between freedom and resp...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Ancient Egypt clings to life By clawing at my conscious, Renewed in this, my ritual, A ceremony lost. A musty end of tattered cloth Awash in dust and soot. Slide the tip between my chambers. Hooked so deep, fastened tight. Make sure it won’t come loose. Let out a noise, half breath, hal...
  • Nonfiction > Heroes
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    Nobody warned me how easy my life would be, how painless, how full. They didn't bother to caution me about all the fun I would have. They didn't express concern for how I would look, act, feel. People never feel the urge to warn you about the good stuff. I am nine years old. It's five in t...
  • Poetry > Ballad
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    The pawn shop shelf is lonely For a harbinger of time. Its stately splendor’s gone away, And slowly, too, has mine. I suppose that it was golden once, But dust has weighed it down And any notes it tries to sing Are hollow, lingering sounds. Gone are times of marches grand And lively call...
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    I remember your pigtails And your long honey hair And the way that you’d smile Before you just didn’t care. And I remember your laugh When it sounded like bells; Before you forced it and cracked And recoiled in a shell . And I remember your dresses With the soft satin bows And the way ...
  • Hot Topics > What Matters
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    As my mouse glides smoothly over to the Internet icon on my two-year-old laptop and as my Facebook account pulls up automatically, I’m greeted by a page, liked by a friend, that states: Ten things a teenage girl needs: 1. A mobile phone. 2. A laptop or computer. 3. Headphones. 4. A warm hoodi...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    The hordes of the love struck The smitten The fallen Trail behind you In every color Every shape Like so many tails to a kite Like so many honey bees to a sweet Sweet Flower. I watch them in their insanity. They want Wish Need One more second with your caramel skin One touch of flawle...
  • Poetry > Ballad
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    Her eyes would grace the world, A cobalt emerald shimmer. The kiss of subtle hurt-- If only she was thinner. Her hair a shining carpet, A woven golden glimmer, A beauty in the works-- If only she was thinner. Her lips part ways with joy, The smile of a sinner. A lonesome girl sings “If ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Black jaws clenched around ivory throat. White jaws wrapped on ebony leg. No pressure now, no damage done, But guttural growls, flash of fang, Has done the battle justice by The impressions of battle on another day. And so by battles thusly fought, They learn to conquer mountains, And as the...
  • Poetry > Ballad
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    A letter and a dusty house Looks like you found a new way out. You always could escape your pain. And now you’re gone. Oh, what a shame. What a waste, a waste of life What a shame to end the night. What a pain, oh what a waste, The breath of life I couldn’t taste. The tears that I would ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    You call me Genius But true Genius is like flight And soon my plane will land. Too soon Too soon Are gone the whispers of wind That push me upwards With the roaring of the engines That work to lift me to this Undeserved status. You try so hard. And I do not. So who is the real Genius her...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Two dimensional. That’s what people are. One way Or the other. Opposites To opposites. So it’s with words that I console myself And people-- Not real-- Who exist in more than one plane, Who are not one way, Nor the other, As people are in reality. But who are you Who are not affec...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    its all ovr wen i press SEND Im gonna delete u Ur not my frnd. If u c me in the hall, Don’t tlk 2 me & don’t post it on my wall Cuz ur way 2 ugly So deal with it Fat-Wad & just go away & ill live 2 live u down 4 another day. Don’t email or txt or message m...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    It’s not like we mean to dig ourselves a hole. And it’s not like they tell us to. But we’re teens, and teens are different. We’re crazy, insane, unpredictable, and everything means something, everything is significant. It’s like we have tools. That’s why there are more depressed teens th...
  • Nonfiction > All Nonfiction
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    What is it in your heart that waters the seeds of kindness and cruelty? What is it that throws your personality into a raging inferno, then lets it flicker down into a most welcoming and illuminating flame? How can it be that you will look on at me with care and contempt? And how can it be that I ...
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    I could have sworn I loved him, But now it’s hard to see If love is something lost and found, Or if it’s meant for me. His face is stained upon my mind, His laugh, his hair, his eyes. He barely knew my name, and yet, He saw through my disguise. They called him Music Genius, And Funny, ...
  • Opinion > Entertainment / Celebrities
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    Celebrities. Need I say more? This word has a terrible connotation in today’s society. In the mind, it’s often tagged with words such as drugs, lies, affairs, rehab and even, unfortunately, popular. Why are these people so popular? As a general rule, a celebrity starts out as an innocent actor...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    It is a wedding that has spawned the thousand mile road trip from my small home town in Montana to Minneapolis, Minnesota, right smack dab in the center of the land of ten thousand lakes with several hundred more lakes worth of water floating around in the air. It has taken two horror filled days of...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    It was in the fourth grade that I was first introduced into the wonderful and potentially harmful world of music. Fourth grade was the great barrier for us, because, as everyone knew, fourth grade was the first year of band. Not real band, mind you. We all played the same instrument (the recorder) a...
  • Opinion > Movies / Music / TV
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    I have noticed that every form of media representing fictional tales--whether it be print, radio, television, or other--has taken kindly to “mixing it up.” That roughly translates into making monsters misunderstood beings that happen to be drop dead gorgeous heart throbs for teens all over the w...
  • Opinion > Pop Culture / Trends
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    Now is the time. So if our world needs us to break society to reform it into something truly beautiful where every one can be beautiful without being plastic perfection, Let me be the first to challenge you. You think that perfection is the only way and that to be beautiful, I need to be you. ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I saw her halo first Now Mamma told me ‘bout angels And how they fly away on the stars And sky And sun And that they protect us, Just like little Baby Jesus did when he was born On Christmas. And she told me that I have one that’s guarding me always. Imagine that! Just for me, An ang...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    I sighed and turned away as his fingers flew effortlessly over the keys in beautiful patterns. Of course he won’t notice as I walk away, or when I turn back because I just can’t help it. I would say that he was perfect, but that sounds wrong. He has dark brown hair and eyes that were always l...
  • Poetry > Ballad
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    I say hello, you walk right past. Don’t know when you answered last. I smile and wave, you look away. I guess there’s nothing left to say. I trip and fall, you just ignore. You’ve never been like this before. I ask for help, you shake your head. I guess to you I’m all but dead. I cry...
  • Fiction > All Fiction
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    “Wull I’m not gonna say ‘Once upon a time’ if that’s what you’re all bloody hee foh. And wawl I’m not the type who’d sit around a bloody campfire telling fairytales to snot-nosed kids who think that ‘stupid’ is a sweaw word, I guess you all are expecting something out of me, awn...

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