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  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    You’ll want someone exotic and marry a Romanian. He’ll tell you to dye your hair and you’ll do it, then make chewing on its multicolored strands a habit. You’ll kiss him once and say he tastes like wine. Wine, no? he’ll say with a grin. Only gentlemen drink wine. You'll leave him beca...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    {i wrote this for the fifth-grader who told me once my hair looked like ramen noodles.} 1. i felt bad that i had forgotten for awhile how much she believes that the universe needs to be smaller in order for the stars to be closer, even though sometimes she forgets how big she is. 2. ...
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    you’re not used to your eyes being starved of serif font words, trying not to grab up the lost napkin that tumbles like a library book page you linger in the smirking midnight coffee and empty chairs inebriated on dead poets and chemical highway headlights hoarding misspellings in your l...
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    You told me she had died in a hospital bed With her glasses on So that she could see Death properly And I picked away at my breakfast, Which was pancakes and strawberries, Trying to imagine Her squinting ahead at Him With her dying eyesight The pancakes were dry and store-bought And m...
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    she lay in bed with a barbed wire spine and hollow bird-wing bones where she lets the gods sleep burning blacksmith breaths slipped out of her star-dusted lungs like cigarette smoke coffee-ringed pupils flickered back and forth like an uncertain mind she could feel the birds beating the...
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    She lives in a maze of words, It has been said- Whispered and drawn from the hushed lips of librarians Listening to the sounds of books, The shelves that creak like cages, Breathe in the thick fine dust Like one body, And amidst the bars The girl coils herself between Dickens and Gaiman F...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    The rain dropped in large splatters. In the mornings the hospital was silent - we had grown to realize that - and, by his request, I would wake my grandfather so we could hear the noises of the place; the sounds no one ever paid any attention to. But for the first time, we heard rain. Pounding, hot,...
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    Where the light breaks Where the letters are scrawled in between lines I hear the commotion of a typewriter Like the hauling of rusting chains across a floor Like the fire of a gun The bitter silence of a voice caught in a throat Flooded the room The dark kind made for thinking How I watch...
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    Things he took with him: His collectable X-men T-shirts Twelve Band-aids Eleven hard-cover books Two paperbacks A wool cap Seven pairs of jeans His postcard of "Starry Night" A foggy pair of glasses His phone Twenty-eight dollars and nine cents A box of gummy worms Seven pairs ...
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    I have stolen the stars that were in your old winter sky and which you were probably going to light the lightless with Forgive me they were lonely so beautiful and so cold....
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    I sit in my own corner of darkness Leafing through another tongue It gazes back at me Like it wants me to leave them alone And try and find another language to decipher Michael is scribbling down answers as they dawn on His face I watch his pencil dart from bubble to bubble Coloring in circl...
  • Hot Topics > Bullying
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    Nobodies and Somebodies “Jen's pathetic party is history. I know whose party they'll be talking about now.” Valory was out from the classroom in an instant and jogged up to the crowd, helping form a bubble around Ami. She pushed to the front as they walked up the stairs. “I mea...

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