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  • Fiction > Sci-fi/Fantasy
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    One moment there, next moment gone. The golden fire of my sister’s hair lingered in my vision a moment longer, like an after image of a dream, and just as unreal. Amazing, how it happens. One moment in this world, one moment in another—Elizabeth, my golden sister, forever and ever, gone. Just li...
  • Fiction > Action-Adventure
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    The name on the door plate said Elliot Sanders. “Come in.” Santoya Petrakis opened the door. The office walls were bare, no longer a toned down blue but taupe, and the desk had been moved to the left, so that she had to turn to see it. The door shut with a scream like a shocked spectator. ...
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    “Look at me. When I tell you not to do something,” I do it. Because I am a child. Because children disappoint you. “I told you not to go on those,” on those library kid computers with their colorful images; their calling clack of keys that is your reality. You are a secretary. You don’...
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    “Bored?” “What if I was?” “I’d tell you to write.” “I don’t have a story.” “Sure you do; you have plenty of stories.” “I don’t want to write them.” “That’s bullsh*t. You’re dying to write them.” “I don’t know how.” “Yes you do. Yo...
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    Reddish dust blew in their eyes. The fire spat. “Don’t look at me like that.” The pale girl leaned over her food, glowering into the fibrous mush. “Like what?” the black man stretched out, looking at her from beneath his thick dark brow. “Like I’m white.” She poked the mu...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    You look down at your grandfather’s body and he isn’t there: it isn’t him, and it never was him; he breathed through that body once, but it was never him. “He’s in a better place now.” It doesn’t matter. He was always in a better place, and you weren’t. He was old. What matters i...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    One man stares at stone, Polished until he sees, Reflections behind the names, Of comrades lost at sea: Air Force, Army, Navy Seal, The blood of war, Is all that’s real: One man stares at Stone stares back, Holding emotion That faces lack. The names they gleam; The faces...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    A beautiful hell that falls down from the sky A blood orange light at the edge of my door Illuminate all the proud young who will die All that is falling blood red on the floor Led by their elders like cattle to buy So far from home and so eager for war Prancing and pawing they never ask Wh...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    “Look at me. When I tell you not to do something,” I do it. Because I am a child. Because children disappoint you. “I told you not to go on those,” on those library kid computers with their colorful images; their calling clack of keys that is your reality. You are a secretary. You don’...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Keep laughing in the face Of the grandfather clock. Keep laughing through the window, Your bark like a rock. Keep laughing even if They tar you stiff, And feathers burn your nose: The shattered wings, Of all of those, Whose dreams Are indefinable....
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Don’t tell yourself that You’re all right; don’t Tell yourself to sleep At night: I hear You’re crying in your head Don’t tell yourself you’re better dead You mean so much to someone else To hurt them in an act of self Ish defiance: I wish defiance Could become self reliance, I...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Your pain: My pain; Slicing and dicing it’s Profane; Why the hell would you say, On an air lane; f BOMB! All you can do, If you can’t explain, Is bleed in your shoes: To all we believe, You seek to deceive, Yourself....
  • Fiction > Sci-fi/Fantasy
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    Nine. Nine is a gentleman, tall and dark. But Nine has secrets. Sparks in the dark. A lighter. Nine flicks a lighter and the sparks catch. The flame wavers in his face. A tongue. Licking, licking the dark night air. Nine talks to Eight. They mutter about Seven. “The f**8ing idiot.” Eig...
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    Fragments of note paper swirl around me. I gape, lost, looking down from the surface of a broken moon. Stars wheel overhead, their movement accelerating until they look like slow moving streaks. Then they are gone. I reach effortlessly into the blackness, catching a sheet of note paper in my hand ...
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    Darkness falls. Shadows pour out from the crevices, from the undersides of leaves and the hollow concrete pipes. The burning orange sun dips behind tall metal structures, turning their edges to fire and illuminating one thousand panes of broken glass. Wind flows through them, echoing the sounds ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    There are some things I was meant to see, And some things I was not: I knew them once some time ago, But surely I forgot. To see the me I used to be, I have to close my eyes: To be the me I’m s’posed to be, It takes a couple tries. There was something I was meant to be, And som...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    Watch time fly And land on your shoulder Whisper Watch it go And wonder What it knows....
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    Idea rises from the sea And sinks its glimmering jaws in me. I laugh and cry And wish to die But still it holds me Eye to eye I swear to try It lets me go....
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    Black riders surge on steel shod steeds Black clouds merge over blood red seas The Lords of Destruction drink mulberry mead And there in their shadow the desolate breed A newcomer stares in morbid wonder Upon the broad back of white stallion Thunder “What evil is this?” he cries out in a...
  • Fiction > Action-Adventure
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    I race through the alien forest, slashing through tropical plants and vines. I have no idea if where I am going, only that the lines have been broken. Our lines broke. Once the lines broke, it was all over—the enemy rushed through our ranks, just like they said it would happen at the academy. ...
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    Death watched me quietly, waiting. I took a deep, slow breath—and lifted my chin for the blade. "It's all ceremonial, right?" i said, trying and failing to keep a tremor out of my voice. "This isn't going to hurt or anything." Death lifted the ancient scythe a...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    My name is nobody You don’t want to talk to me If you want to be somebody That’s just the way things are. Because you could be anybody At least theoretically With the right dermatology That’s just the way things are. But I could still do your homework free If you smiled just ...
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    The Princess ran. She ran, her delicate legs churning the soil until the hem of her dress was black with mud. She ran until her legs screamed, tearing the combs from her hair and smearing the heavy makeup with the salt of her tears. She ran and she screamed and she raged, fleeing far from the ci...
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    The child She is lost Her mother Is gone Back Somewhere In a hazy memory Of a campsite? Or a cookout? Or something Maybe She wasn’t watching Talking To fast And juggling spoons For too many people The child didn’t like the crowd To many faces Smiling False smiles Their ...
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    Big sister is pretty and tall. Big sister slouches; big sister knows how to be cool. My big sister, she doesn’t care how much I try to be like her…no matter what I do, I do it wrong, and I need big sister to tell me right. Big sister is daring, defiant. Big sister says no when mommy tells he...

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