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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    We often lounge on our parents’ cars in gravel back parking lots, with nothing but bare feet and three-dollar sunglasses, kicking rocks and observing and fervently declaring. We speak with conviction, detailing passionate but pedestrian ideas, addressing each statement to the world at l...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    one: I want to write you a poem, but I don’t have a metaphor, not even a cliché about breathing or roads less traveled. Furthermore, all the words I summon lack innovation. They are themes revisited: rocketships, insecurities, secrets, rings with tentacles, affection, history, coffee with revelat...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    To name a few: The way babies grin toothlessly from produce-filled shopping carts; and the way the mountains sometimes emerge from the fog and mist to remind me that some things are unshakable; and the way coffee shops fill me with a warmth that has nothing to do with hot beverages and everything t...
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    Fear has memorized every magazine in the hospital waiting room. It replaces the batteries in the smoke detector every six months. It tapes the Poison Control Center hotline number to every bottle of cleaning solution. It accessorizes with Kevlar and mosquito netting, no matter what the season. It bu...
  • Opinion > School / College
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    I’m not skipping school because I’m a second semester senior. Does that make sense? Let’s break it down. Today, my schedule is E&I, Band, and Film. All three are electives. In fact, every class I'm taking this semester is an elective. I can do that, take these elective classes, becaus...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    I sat cross-legged on my grandmother’s grizzled grey carpet, picking at loose threads with a dirty fingernail, and listened intently as my grandmother read the A-Z Alphabet Read-Aloud Book. At seventy-eight, my grandmother could not sit on the floor with me; she rested her arthritic bones in an ov...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    While baking chocolate chip oatmeal nostalgia cookies, I discover that I seem to be lacking an egg. Oh great. This is eggsactly what I needed. I grab the keys and jump into the rusted corroded heap of dented metal that my father semi-jokingly calls “a car” Unfortunately, it seems...
  • Poetry > Sonnet
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    This form restricts me; syllables and rhymes demand specific placement on the page. I've tried to start this sonnet many times, but all the limitations form a cage. So here we go! Attempting this once more, a myriad distractions all around, I sense this structure is a sliding door withou...
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    Ron ran, roaring for revenge. Laden with dangerous beasts. He had returned to prepare, Though he wanted To brood. Black. Empty. Forgotten about. He sat, Speaking of something relevant, And occasionally went in front Of the Committee. He couldn’t help Marauding across the libra...
  • Opinion > School / College
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    The weather taunts me. The eighty-degree sunshine beckons from the other side of glass windowpanes, peeking out from behind curtains and slipping between cracks in the doorframe. It calls for me to join it, to bask in the atmospheric warmth, but I have a seemingly endless list of reasons to reject i...
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    Spring Break. For high schoolers, this weeklong vacation signifies a myriad of educational changes, including new teachers, new grades, and new sports. But the transition associated with Spring Break has more than academic components; outside, the Oregon weather shifts dramatically almost overnight ...
  • Fiction > Sci-fi/Fantasy
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    Penguins. Classy creatures born with natural tuxedos. Dichromatic cuddly beings who enjoy nothing more than a nice fish dinner and perhaps a refreshing dip in the icy ocean. Penguins know which ice floes make the best slip and slides, and they know to stay away from anything resembling Shamu. They...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    We knew that his real name was Gregg Michael Gillis, and that he grew up in Pittsburgh. We knew that he looped different songs together on his laptop, and that he created the most energetic, enjoyable, and amazing concerts that anyone had experienced this side of 1969. We knew that his new album, Fe...
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    I met Katie on her first birthday. She was 29 days older than me, which at the time seemed significant. We shared a babysitter, so while Katie's parents examined X-rays and mine developed pizzas, Katie and I spent a blissful three years coloring pictures of the Lion King and forming a lifelong fr...
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    In the beginning, everyone hated Mother Earth. Listening to recordings, we winced at the jarring chords, screeching high notes, and obscenely fast tempo. A 3/4 song conducted in one? No one had come across another composition quite so ridiculous. It didn’t help, of course, that the song had been ...
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    sucking on a polygon of chocolate-coated plastic, i watch your semi-scripted life flash by the silver screen. political campaign ads have long ago displaced commercials that sang to me with very little program in between. raw emotional outpour meets with true love declarations 'cause two week...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I would scream down ninety mountains to less than dust. I would for you. You who I do not entirely know Nearly as well as anyone would ever guess, I would scream down ninety mountains and several large foothills If I thought it would change a damn thing. I would write down every word I ever ...
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    In the Scottish highlands, a young wizard plays the bagpipes for his deceased grandfather, a gentle elderly man brutally slain by the Dark Knight. Without warning, a stuntman in a rubbery dragon costume leaps out from behind a rock, his costume’s head cleverly attached to the neck by a plaid s...
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    rown pinprick insects are falling from the chandelier. They kamikaze onto my broken keyboard and land between my thumbs on the space bar. Undaunted, they hang a sharp left and take off again, Flying optimistically into the flourescently-lit annals of my father's spotless kitchen. They are on to ...
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    A metaphor, a simile Italicized hyperbole Foreshadowing apostrophe The first and last parenthesis A pound, a star, an ampersand A carrot and a greater than An enye (that’s a Spanish n) Control Z is my greatest friend A question mark, an equal sign With plus and minus close behind...
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    Apathetic architects. Catatonic butterfly. Ectoblastic silhouettes. Catastrophic syllabi. Acrobatic antelope. Charismatic photograph. Democratic envelope. Hippocratic epitaph. Situated wilderness. Unambitious dial-tone. Elevated consciousness. Malnutritious gramophone. Numerated st...
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    Apathetic architects. Catatonic butterfly. Ectoblastic silhouettes. Catastrophic syllabi. Acrobatic antelope. Charismatic photograph. Democratic envelope. Hippocratic epitaph. Situated wilderness. Unambitious dial-tone. Elevated consciousness. Malnutritious gramophone. Numerated st...
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