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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I need to practice my calligraphy It’s getting messy Like us We were once beautifully defined brushstrokes Neat and meaningful You could look us up in any kanji dictionary Now we are untidy and chaotic squiggles Marring the diaphanous washi Undefinable No matter how hard I try to improv...
  • Nonfiction > Travel & Culture
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    Article 21 of India’s Constitution states that, “the right to life includes the right to live with human dignity and [...] the bare necessities of life such as adequate nutrition, clothing and shelter over the head”. While India officially supports these rights, in reality, the ...
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    Holding your umbrella over my hair Hair so wet it looked frozen Frozen like my heart these past days Days have passed in numbing confusion Confusion led to these rumors behind my back Back to the days when we could talk about anything Anything could have happened but this had to To hear you...
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    Sending me texts all night Messages expressing your love for me Saying that I am beautiful But Making me vow To keep the messages from your girlfriend At school you wrap your arm around her shoulders Kiss her cheek She smiles with happiness You don’t even talk to me at school But at ni...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    Eyes on the horizon, she pushed all thoughts from her mind and ran. Her feet slapped the pavement with an even tempo as she breathed in through her nose, out through her mouth. In, out. In, out. She had always liked running. Ever since she was a child, she would bolt if something went wrong at ho...
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    migi kata ni murasaki choucho  I watch you as your eyelashes flutter like the wings of a butterfly Smiling slyly, you tilt your head and catch my gaze through the wisps of your ebony hair Teasing, taunting kisu o shita kono heya no sumi de The feelings are like particles of a dream Di...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    I’m flipping through the daily newspaper as I finish my breakfast of cereal and milk, getting ready for another day of final exams. As I fold the front page closed, my eyes briefly rest on the familiar ads printed on the paper’s last page. HAVE YOU SEEN ME? is printed in bold black type, and u...
  • Hot Topics > Health
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    Here’s something you probably don’t hear people say too often: “I’m as comfortable in hospitals as I am in my own home.” However, this statement describes me: I am completely at ease within healthcare facilities. White lab coats, scrubs, and medical instruments are not terrifying to me; ...
  • Opinion > School / College
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    Clothing and materialism have become extremely important in today’s world, and can result in prejudice and judgment, especially among children. This is why I believe that school uniforms should be required at every school campus, in order to prevent visible wealth divides, and hassle result...
  • Hot Topics > Letters to the Editor
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    Teen Ink, you are everything to me. You are my meals, my nutrition, my sustenance. I savor each article and poem like scrumptious bites of a gourmet dinner, tasting every word on the tip of my tongue. I make sure to eat every bite: I read every last poem printed in your delicious magazine, often ...
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    I have ten thousand questions I want to ask you but I don't because it would be uncomfortable to buffet you with my curiousity like gusts of wind off the ocean but in all honesty you are books within books within books and I want to read every page and every word of you because you will never fail...
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    The rain pitter-patters outside of my bedroom window Gentle tap dancing against the earth As I lay doing homework on my bedroom floor I am smiling and tapping out the rain’s rhythm with my pencil I am happy Today we shared my white earbud headphones You had the left ear one I had the righ...
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    I am hopelessly entangled within you Netted like a fish, I am strangled by our love But it's the good kind of strangled  It makes me feel safe and protected Because we are knotted together for eternity Nothing and no one will untie us  And that's where I want to be...
  • Fiction > Thriller/Mystery
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    It was a hot, humid night in rural Mississippi. My wife and I had been vacationing all day: attending plays, shopping, and exploring towns. I had a raging 103-degree fever, and was exhausted and sick as hell. All I wanted was to collapse on the nearest motel bed and sleep-- yet my wife and I had n...
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    The fresh morning fog enveloped me as I lifted each leg with exhausted but solid determination, swat beads gleaming like jewels on my face. This hill was a killer, but I was halfway up and determined not to stop. My shoes forged for traction in the rocky dirt, and I huffed for breath as I continue...
  • Hot Topics > Health
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    How many of you are a touch worried about getting Ebola? Well, there’s no need to panic. In 2014, there have been four cases of Ebola in the United States, and only one death. On the other hand, nearly 3,000 to 49,000 people die of influenza (flu) each year. And unlike Ebola, there is a vaccine ...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    The icy cold spray beckoned me as I inched away, coated in a thick layer of soapsuds. My family’s hot water heater had ruptured a few hours ago, and I hadn’t taken a shower yet. Disgusted at the idea of skipping my daily cleansing, I opted to take a cold shower, and that was where I was now. S...
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    you are like a parasite slinking between my sheets like a snake clinging to me like the sticky heat of summer afternoons the kind of heat you wish would go away but once it's gone you miss it you leech the life out of me with your horribly delicious mouth and I hate to say it but boy...
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    I am nothing but a stuffed doll pull out my seams and sand will spill like ten thousand tears of ten thousand years upon the absence of my shadow limp and numb like a child's toy I am nothing more than a shell a likeliness of a person and that's all I'll ever be...
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    your body is plateaus of skin and thin valleys of pink scars your body has bones and nerve cells and rivers of red blood I hold your hand because I don't want your body to hurt because your body is a treasure chest with your soul inside and if you cut too many cracks through your skin y...
  • Reviews > Book Reviews
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    Are human beings inherently good—or inherently evil? William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, is a raw look at the horrid depths of human nature, and what happens to children when societal and governmental controls disappear. Lord of the Flies takes place on a Pacific island where a plane f...
  • Nonfiction > Travel & Culture
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    The valley was rimmed by jagged black mountains that were rough against the velvet-smooth navy-blue sky. To the west, the mountains shrunk until they were nothing more than steep sea bluffs, dropping hundreds of feet into the ebony ocean. The shadowy mountains and water formed the brims of a scint...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Teachers often seem like cold professionals, and it’s easy to think of them as nothing more than the people who assign your homework, lecture on and on, and grade your tests. But teachers are more than that—they are adults who care about you and your well-being. I used to fall into the trap of...
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    Your voice is shattered into two million pieces as you tell me, “I don’t want to live anymore.” You don’t meet my eyes, and you couldn’t anyway; Yours are too clouded with tears to see anything but shadows. I gently reach out to touch your beautiful face, Beautiful even when you are s...
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    whenever troubles gnaw at my insides my hands itch to write to vomit up the Hell that is chewing at my heart and soul and trap the Devil on paper but I don’t want to do that for my troubles with you I don’t want to capture anything to do with you in a poem because writing poetry is a ...

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