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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    When you faced me with your vivid red hair Breezing in the whistling wind Your eyes curled upwards like a cat’s, like a lady’s; I said I didn’t care. When you sat with me in the red and green leaves, Clasping thin long fingers, Clasping the ring we had shared, I turned to you, And I...
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    Martha Jones, whose grotesque sunset painting I disposed of On a rainy day in year three, I would like to say; I am not sorry. Sarah Smith, whose badger-like teeth I teased In the tedium of assembly, I would like to inform you, I still think you should play the role of Bug’s bunny. And...
  • Hot Topics > Pride & Prejudice
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    Dear Society, You think I do not have the right to experience my own feelings, my own rage, my own disgust, at the way I have been mistreated. You think I should shut up and look pretty, look martyred and sorry and docile. You think I need friends, a partner, a child, one day, to complete me, to v...
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    Rough, furry skin emitting a mud-soaked white colour Little lamb arises from behind the shaggy crown of its forebears Letting out the tiniest ‘bah’ so all the other sheep hiss at it in fury; Rotten skin from within, barking out their insidious shame. Little lamb stumbles on, Baahing fami...
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    Dear Helen, You had mentioned in your email That you wanted to talk, to hush your voice to a whisper, Stir the grains in your delicate coffee cup And spill out your every gut, one by one, before the day was hunted away by the sun. It is strange that you mentioned talking, Helen, Because al...
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    Do you envision me with pretty, wild flowers in my hair Painted a delicate white, pink, yellow, mahogany and blue With golden curls that rise up with the sun And perfect teeth that gleam white in the thrashes of the light? Do you see me with plump pink lips, Puckered up as though for a kiss ...
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    Sleep sweetly my child, lightly as a lullaby Rest your darling head on a purple pillow Turn your baby face to the window And dream of falling stars, of a beautiful moon and a shard of glass, Shaped like a rose For you, my baby. Sleep, sleep In the murmurs of the buzzing flies With the bee...
  • Poetry > Ballad
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    When my lover sang out to me from the pink turret tower I blushed a deep pink like a summer flower And hid behind a bush, Where the birds hissed at me to shh.   What is this? I mused aloud A talking bird! I must be seeing stars The after effects of hearing my lover’s sweet voice.  ...
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    Tongue loosens in my silent mouth Breaths rush out more smoothly than a silent lamb, A spark lights inside the steel of my chest And metal melts to wax. Fingers move more freely up and down Than they ever while outside the compound of my sanctuary, my room, The place where my thoughts do no...
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    Sickened, shaking, trembling I crumple down onto the patterned white duvet Mouth open in a silent wail of pain, Curls fluttering around the pink face As darkly as the serpents of Medusa. Shaking in my abandoned bed, I look out of the shut window: Where wind sings and leaves move and dance ...
  • Reviews > Book Reviews
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    Hardy’s elegant, pastoral prose flows like a river on a yellowed page, speaking of isolation, of sexual double standards, of family, of sacrifice, of pain, of persecution, of pregnancy, of life, of death. Hardy is an extremely descriptive writer; his images of Tess’s natural world can run on f...
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    Dusty, raw edge trickles with tumultuous rocks Crumbling, they crumble as wings into the sweet tasting river; Water gushes and flows and sings nature’s tunes and the harmonies begin, quivering like soft fairies, in the midst of the trees. The dark hole ravishes a moon in a wholesome night,...
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    Time passes so quickly now, A fluid through a flowing river: But it used to be so slow, A flower that bloomed in the spirit of youth, It rushes by now: A train at the station of my departure; A ticking clock with only one road to disaster.  ...
  • Poetry > Ballad
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    Pink petals slashed with a taint of hazel Drifted through the wind as snowflakes, As silent and vivid as the white sand at our feet; And the grey leaves that thrashed at our feet. Hand-in-hand, we stood defiant In the gloomy depths of a frozen night; Our sight looming vibrantly in the smile...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    I was sitting at my desk, pondering into space, pen perched delicately on the razor tooth of the edge, wondering, wondering, hoping there was more to us than this. We start school, and some of us finish. Others fall outside the letter of the law, their cold, hard faces scrunched up in viol...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    They bubble up, they burn, The box of my dreams The veil and my shield: How my secrets make a mosaic of me.  ...
  • Poetry > Ballad
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    As a youngster I gazed up at my mother And she sighed, tucked back a lock of hair With her blonde hair trailing in the breeze, And her smile a vision of harmony. As a teenager I screamed into that gentle face, I shouted and stamped and slammed In my youthful disgrace. Mother didn’t ever...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Weak, she strips the skin off my bones My tender, skinny bones: A blue chasm that glints in the golden winks Of the rising sun; She strips my bones, And I am Pure, Exposed.  ...
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    Disembodied, floating, an angel Feet hover over green, earthy ground And rain whooshes past cold, blue ears; The sound of a bus, screeching its clean wheels Zooms through my skin, my essence, Almost sends me flying towards the sky. Rainbow with its heaven pink, blue, bold orange arc Shines ...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    It’s a simple life, the life of a dog. I should know. I was bred in the yellow ethers of March, in the purple bloom of a diamond field. I still remember my parents, raggedy and brown, dirtied with slime, with pond life, with love. I was the runt of the litter, a small pup, insignificant. I b...
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    Sizzling rage burns in my fingertips Heats the curve of my nails as a flame, a firelight caged in      glass, A black fountain pen in hand, a darkness overcoming my head. Trembling, shaking, enraged, I begin to create.   The fire bursts from the end of my pen lid like a tarnished  ...
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    The blood that drips in a thick whip Rich as cream and smooth as honey Like a ripe strawberry dipped in blood red chocolate; It drips among the shimmers and the mirage of pain. The seeds of my sin... Consume me, Move me, Ruin me....
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    She looks askance at the lowly river, the stars reflected violently In its glassy image. A dancing diamond row of spades, a thousand tiny                heartbeats; A braid.   A face gazes incessantly into the rage of the blood red sky A dirty blonde tendril of hair, a swol...
  • Poetry > Ballad
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    Delicate crimson, full gentle red Teeth sharp and bright as spanners Yet perfect as a lark. You stand erect and small A figure size three Those flavoured rose cheeks Flattered to a befitting blush. China heart, skin pale as frozen snow. Snow White, Snow White Stepdaughter, Princess Shov...
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    Roses bloom in the thorns of the dark green grass The delicate curve of petals sprinkled with a hue of raven, A white beam shines boldly on the horizon. The clouds peak out in their blue, candyfloss delight And rain sparkles down the cheese chunks of the moon As ash whirls round the woods in ...

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