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  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    She was not pretty. Not conventionally pretty, not unconventionally pretty. No romantic soul ever looked at her and saw a butterfly on the verge of being born and that’s alright. People always think someone has to find at least one beautiful thing about everyone else, but that’s just not reality...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I am tired and restless and afraid. I wonder if the people I know are really who they seem. I hear my future and my past scolding me every moment I am awake. I want to know what I actually like instead of what I've been conditioned to like. I am tired and restless and afraid. I pretend tha...
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    People always say that teenagers think they know everything But I’m 17 and I’ve never felt so stupid in all my years of living In something like 18 months I’m expected to go off to college And I love to learn, so that’s not really the real problem The problem exists where the expectation...
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    Laa. “Ow.” Laaa. “Ow!” Laaaa! “OW! SHUT THE F*** UP, YOU WORTHLESS PIECE OF S***. Your goddamn noise is killing my head.” My mother looks at me, or at least to some extent. One of her eyes stares angrily at the ceiling, the other at the filthy linoleum floors. I tighten my shoulders...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    Just a single spark Rids darkness from the inside; Surface set aflame. Sturdy but broken, Clawing up to the Heavens; Branches persevere. One moment in time, You know all you desire; Death to the night sky. Agitates your mind - Dust is gone from your dry eyes; Don’t hide from yours...
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    I am obsessive and anxious and hopeful. I wonder if my dreams are too big to fit into reality. I hear that train of thought, chugging on the endless railroad that is my mind. I want to know what it’s like to worry about nothing at all. I am obsessive and anxious and hopeful. I pretend that I...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    People fear the world. They fear the judgment of others Like a starving man fears the end. Do not cower from the world; You are twice as strong as anything Life tries to knock you down with. Never let anyone put out the fire in your soul. Melt hearts of ice with fiery passion. To achieve tru...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    For many lucky people on our planet, there is nothing but abundance. Endless items, food, entertainment, and people. Endless greed, endless desire. But there is one thing we are all lacking in severely: love. Love of this world, these people, and, most importantly, ourselves. You must love yourself....
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    She told me that she remembered when I was dead But my eyes were bleeding too profusely too meet hers She laughed and said that she had been watching me That she knew me I tried to act impressed But, my God, it’s so difficult to act impressed When you have seen everything – More than eve...
  • Fiction > Thriller/Mystery
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    The night she died was the night I murdered. It was my fault that her heart was so irrevocably shattered, and for that, I abhorred myself. The only way that I could ever help her to feel better was to help her stop feeling at all. I was tired, so tired from nights spent crying instead of sleeping, a...
  • Fiction > Author Interviews
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    Kate Klimo has been creating worlds since she was in the fourth grade. Now, she is the ­author and editor of an array of published books. Her latest work, Daughter of the Centaurs, is a fantasy that tells of a girl's quest for survival and companionship in a world populated by half-human creatur...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Are you happy, my dear? For I cannot tell, As your screams and laughter sound frighteningly similar now. And your eyes – oh, how they shine! Like silver knives in the moonlight. But are they bright with bliss or tears? And the luminosity of your smile is blinding me- it’s killing me. Is it...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Practically every day of my life I fantasize about just saying, “Screw these judgmental people!” And tearing apart My unwanted costumed, the tag neatly labeled: “Quiet, shy, lacking in emotion,” And leaving this straight jacket behind But I can’t. I truly, honest to any god who will...
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    I have always been "one of those kids"; the really annoying ones that freak out if they miss a single question on a test and spend all night studying something they already know by heart. It's kind of coincidental - one of my idols dropped out of high school, one of the thing...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    You are the best example I have ever seen Of a shattered soul A wretched wish A fallen fantasy. And it was so obvious that I had to tell you And when I did, You turned to me. Your eyelids drooped. And your mouth twitched when you said: “Hopes are like eggs. If you wait, they may become ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    The world is full of horrible things - A god-awful amount of horrible things. But is a sound so terrifying As the echo of the church bell as it rings? Once for a birth. Twice for a love. Thrice for a death. A sound that haunts the children’s dreams, And with each metallic trill, A dark cr...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    All these tears Have washed away The color from her eyes. An eerie gleam Has taken its place – A monument of demise. “Has life failed me?” “Have I failed myself?” She dares not even guess And no matter how hard She shuts her eyes Her brain will not stop to rest. Something in h...
  • Fiction > Thriller/Mystery
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    They told me to kill you. They told me to kill you and I said…I said I couldn’t because you don’t deserve to be killed. They said if I didn’t kill you, then they’d kill me. I told them they already had. I haven’t ever defied them before. Sometimes they become me so I can’t defy them. ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Gravity Was never kind to me. It forced and pressed And I was fixed to the ground. My legs were stiff. My eyelids were heavy. I saw only as far As my neck allowed. So I drag myself Across these vacant streets Down a murky, forbidden alleyway Behind a dumpster crammed with Everything we...
  • Fiction > Sci-fi/Fantasy
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    I know that I shall come to regret this in time. Perhaps I should just turn back now, go sit quietly inside our little house. From now on, I’ll sleep with one ear pressed against my mat, and the other stuffed with an old rag. Yes, that should stop all the noises I’ve been hearing. But, a little ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Two glazed over eyes, One half open mouth, A head cocked to the side, A quickly fading shout. What are people afraid of zombies When we have become them ourselves? A brilliant flower, A refreshing breeze, A blinding sun, A towering tree. Why do all these things exist If not to take our ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I know the world Is an echo of your shattered soul, Ringing mercilessly over and over. And I know the world Seems to favor those who favor greed, But you can’t give up. Can you keep going? For me? I’m aware the world Has been nothing but cruel and I Know it well – the hurt it seems t...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    We both sat in the fields that day, And watched the trees slowly burn. All was quiet; a silent scream, More powerful than any word. A clenching sensation seized my throat. Gripping pain pumped through my veins. The fire will stop – eventually, But nothing can ever be the same. Disasters ...
  • Hot Topics > What Matters
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    Stop settling and start living, because this is it. Forget monotony and everything everyone expects of you, because it’s your life. Someday, you and all those who judged you will be dead, and you’ll be stirring in your grave wishing you’d realized anyone who thinks badly of you was as dead to ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Soaring and willowy, Dark as a stormy night sky, Glinting silver in the blinding lights. A sweet serenade Like an enamored spring bird; Enchanting the soul And piercing the mind. Captivating and dangerous One second from disaster; Beautiful and complex Like a mysterious stranger. An unre...

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