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  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    She’s walking towards me and I think it’s her but I don’t have my glasses so I can’t really tell. I squint until she’s close enough to recognize. Yes, it’s her. Then I open my mouth to say hi but of course she’s already said hello to me and asks how I’m doing, which is fine, excep...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    “So, uh, I think it’s like most people think this way. It’s just natural. That’s how it is.” “Racial discrimination is natural?” “No, no, that’s not what I meant,” Kyle backtracks. “It’s just how people think.” Professor Dean raises his eyebrows. “Really?...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Adidas Sambas: soft suede leather, wide flat laces, ruffled tongues. Social Problems in my life may be a college course or a statement, depending on who’s asking. Three white stripes identify my shoes. Today we discussed class structure, class consciousness, class ignorance. Status symbols. T...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Prometheus. It’s a lie and I know it but I smile as I write it under ‘Name’ on my lunch ticket. I circle the arbitrary “6-inch sub, fruit salad, drink,” then go to the counter and pay as Mark Mandych. That’s the name on my I.D. The register lady doesn’t blink. God, did she even ...
  • Poetry > Ballad
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    My daddy has a golden bird that clicks and whirs and dings and dongs and sings its silly birdie songs when heads roll on the floor. My daddy is the king you see, He guards the throne for crown prince ME And therefore kills the saucy knaves Who would enslave us (fie on slaves!) And puts the...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    You know what makes me really mad. It’s not a question. Yes, you do. And still you make a full confession to appease me? What for? Did you think I would take the chance to void our friendship in advance? And do you think I really care that you inhale the poisoned air when you ‘get t...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Two fat ducks in a pudding bowl Splash around. IN comes Cat Cat eats one fat duck The other duck drowns by accident....
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    At Chevy’s they sell Some drinks For children Alcohol free I want to get A Strawberry Daiquiri. My drink arrives, I like it A lot Especially ‘cause it’s really Hot Outside There is a baby shark That was caught And killed And fed to a pelican I take one look ...
  • Fiction > Thriller/Mystery
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    “And schedule an appointment with the exterminator to get rid of these weasels before they--- oh lord it’s a chocolate cake.” So said Mr. Skink as he rummaged in the weasel-ridden cupboards of his rec room. “Hey, Crabby!” He yelled up the stairs. “Come see this!” The cake ...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    “Today we’re gonna talk about guilt by association.” He clicks to the next slide. A handcuffed youth, face contorted, screams at us from the window of a police car. “So let me tell you a story.” He sizes us up, takes a bite from his doughnut and plunks himself down on the desk, then p...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    He peers from behind a paper cup, grins as he tries to get your attention and quickly hides his face when you look at him. You hold back a smile as his father pries the cup from his grimy hands. Then you try to ignore him as he softly bargains for a new plaything, pressing his head against the ble...
  • Opinion > Current Events / Politics
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    What are clowns for? Have you ever really considered that question? I tried to, and as a result I slept two hours last night. Not because of the espresso I consumed, but rather due to the multifaceted nature of this problem. Many believe that comedians are meant only to amuse, lacking any productiv...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    “Your greatest regret,” they tell us, “Will be the things you did not do.” The lecture hall’s warm and sleepy, at odds with our tentative smiles, our nervous laughter, our cautious stares that flick around the room. “Today you have come here as scholars,” they say, “To s...
  • Poetry > Sonnet
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    A Once-ler lurks in Lerkim near the town, Where sidewalks end and Grickle-grasses grow. He knows the Lorax from old days renowned, Just pay the fee and learn what Once-lers know. Way back in times when all the grass was green, The brightly colored trees were here and there...
  • Fiction > All Fiction
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    Blood in the night, Blood in the streets, Terror and Death Hand in hand with one man. Far beyond the grasp of justice Far removed from human pain Coldly scheming, cruelly killing Hatred is his only gain. Desperate thoughts Desperate actions A bounty is placed The hunters move in. R...
  • Opinion > Social Issues / Civics
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    Sunny skies, cattails, and lazy water. A sudden plunge. The fish is dragged, writhing and struggling, from the pond. Clumsy skill leaves the hook caught deep inside- swallowed. Painful manipulation- a hopeless cause. Finally, the line is cut and the fish returns to the water, protracted death b...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    The day limps on, Laying waste to my dreams. But you Are a dream, Dancing through the tempest, Saving my life with every step. How can I explain? Would you understand? The dancer heals all. Boldly moving, Catches me gently As I drown. I owe so much for your Compassion, Unde...
  • College
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    My shoes are purple. Not because I want to stand out, but because then I am not taken too seriously. This is necessary since I am very shy in public, and few classmates have seen me smile. My shoes are purple and shiny, with pink stripes running along the sides. Not because I have no taste, but beca...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I will be everything. My very dreams Reign over the world. I will do everything. No task too great, All challengers cast aside. I will know everything. Intellectual power No man can compare. I will rule everything My empire will rise, Servants trembling at my feet. Dreams, L...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Silently I walk beside them, Taking in their frenzied lives, Now before me lies a shadow, Moving, flickering, shifting guise. Other lives and high ambitions, Fill the space with power, poise. I stand oddly disconnected, Watching, making little noise. Their concerns do not ensnare me Col...
  • College
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    I break things. On purpose. Old toys, computers, motor scooters- anything that falls under my indiscriminate screwdriver quickly spreads out over my workbench. Inspired by the hidden anatomy of these devices, I spend hours disassembling, examining, tinkering, and sometimes repairing, other people...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Evening light, the sun goes down, Trees and colors fade to dark. A single moose moves through the wood, Slow, unhurried, plodding on. Metal beasts hold to their course, Speeding swiftly through the night. A highway winds through fields and trees, Fractured roads of dirty stone. Nature's be...
  • Opinion > Pop Culture / Trends
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    What happens the day Mickey Mouse finally cracks? When he grabs that little kid by the pants – the one who's been pulling his tail all day – and punts him down Main Street USA? Would the magic of Disney be lost forever? Probably. Parents would no longer buy their children Disney toys, the Disney...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    New sun veiled by shifting fog, Trees and colors slice through mist. A line of deer on hidden paths Travels quickly through the wood. Metal beasts roar to and fro, Noisy, hurried, speeding on. Twisted roads through fields and trees, Painted roads of dirty stone. Nature's beasts press fur...
  • Fiction > Sci-fi/Fantasy
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    A Christmas Pageant (for schools with serious budget cuts) *This play should be performed with a full cast of two, preferably in darkness where they cannot be seen or heard. The lines should be shouted at close range, hence the frequent exclamations. Costumes are to be made out of old socks a...

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