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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    It must have been dark but for the flash. You probably mistook the blur for warmth. You were surely distracted and numbed by the poison. Floating high while shattered inside only scatters your pieces further. You realized upon impact that impact was imminent. I hope you swerved and s...
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    I imagine you’ll be larger If only round the sides And that wrinkles and gravity will droop your smile. I see a scruffier chin and yellower teeth and eyes dulled by fluorescent institutional lights. Paler, sallow skin to replace a healthy tan, stress, fear, anxiety will have white-washe...
  • Fiction > Scripts & Plays
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    (Greenhouse section of Target. LILI, 31, delicately fingers white flowers. Beatrice, 54, rummages near the checkout counter, only casually looking up from her work.) Beatrice: What can I do for you? Lili: What? Oh… just looking. Beatrice: Don’t forget about the sale. Buy two bouquets and get ...
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    Dear Yanni, Your music makes tangible memories of my father and love where none existed. Hearing Santorini every day before preschool (while Backstreet Boys belted in the car a lane over) may have contributed to my social ineptitude but I'd treasure music over people any day....
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    I grew up and grew inhibitions at the same pace – fast and forced. The two were inextricably linked, but one could not excuse the other. The story begins in a small diner with sparkling, red-cushioned stools and a brick-lined kitchen window. As a child, I adopted a specific routine for enterin...
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    words can't thread structure into such a patchwork so don't unwind them from the spool leave the scraps loose let them float they'll drift so far circle the earth meet again as one exposure to every if will guide needle and thread style and stitch coherence and strength...
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    His arched back hunched on the planes between the sea, the tourism-stained pavement, and the looming concrete structures. Someone had already blotched the cardboard. Time wore away at the corners of his coat, sanding fibrous strands down to fuzzy, stray ends. Inscribing the ...
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    A single shot shattered the stillness of dawn. It stole silence purity peace. A single tear wet mother’s eye as she bore the news with the strength of A Widowed Woman. For that morning at seven forty-eight marker her rebirth. no longer wife, mother, lover now: wido...
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    This picture tells a lie: the lie of a happy family wrapped in one embrace entangled in love and affection. The model family featured strikes an eternal pose, faking love, acceptance, connection and happiness. For, the outsiders cannot feel their arms’ stiffness, nor understand why...
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    Puzzle. I puzzle them, for I am a puzzle. Verb. Noun. Verb: to leave them standing in my dust, dumbfounded as I carry on. To mystify, bewilder, bemuse. To prompt question marks, ellipses, blinking cursors. To tango about the truth, to assist it in its flight. To shroud in obscurity, to...
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    Fearing the worst, She dreads the unknown Anxious for answers Yearning. She seeks solace in creation, Finds freedom for a time Until the raw emotions fade To piercing solitude Neither idle dreams Nor silent prayers Can soothe or subdue The agony of patience An eternity of waitin...
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    You never even asked For a whiff of their aroma But the tilt of your head Did not escape my eyes While you squandered Time, I set to work Sowing, plowing, growing Until a rose bed bloomed But in my frenzy, My mind escaped me And your tacit request Gained life of its own. I offere...
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    Eyes like diamonds scattered in the undergrowth hide behind lashes stolen from midnight. Shoved in the corner, gathering dust, the ache of uselessness pangs in her joints Was it the frill of her dress coming undone or the mussed hair that deterred me? I cannot explain what kept m...
  • Poetry > Sonnet
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    What is the point in assigning labels? When push comes to shove, do titles prevail? Truly, not much do these names enable Other than to rank the world on a scale. For you see, a man’s worth cannot be weighed In “basics,” “regulars,” “honors,” “AP,” But rather by when his pass...
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    The sky was a navy blanket, Swallowing the sunshine The lighting a dagger Slashing the fabric of darkness The night roared in protest Sobbed torrents of tears But the blade reduced reason To tatters of fear From my window-perch haven I thought myself secure I’d stay dry and warm An...
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    Echo. My voice will echo until I fade into an echo. Verb. Noun. To resound with lasting passion Repeating the words Of my fathers before me To clutter the mind with a thousand voices Each softer, farther, lighter Than the last To make an impact Refuse to slip away Smoothly or soft...

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