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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    to charcoal lifted from barbecues, music running from stereos, crackle of summer bonfires of which I was not invited. playing, playing. for cancelling the speak of others screaming pleasures of longer days because the sun blinded my glass eyes, I apologize. to firewor...
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    “The Things We Stay Alive For” summarizes the teenage years through a single moment. It is a snapshot of adolescence, yet captures the same overriding and distinctive feelings that are common during this time. The narrator reviews the memories that she associates with growing up. Descriptions of...
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    A young girl sprints through the aisles of a toy store, ignoring the “boy section” to get to the products she’s interested in. She quickly passes the black and blue boxes filled with male superheroes and fake guns, entertaining yet empowering. Once she finally reaches the “girl section,” s...
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    I tilt my head back, just slightly, Because for the first time, I want to be exposed. Sun rays beam down from the sky, In the same way wind whistles, Between windowpanes and under doors, But much more beautiful. Clouds like lace silhouettes, Weaving themselves through the sky, Underneath bl...
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    I’ve sat here for hours, Headphones in, Nothing playing. Perhaps, one day, You’ll return the music I stole from myself....
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    “Geniuses Are Rarely Tidy” by Tess R. is a charming yet introspective piece focused on a problem most kids face: the inability to keep their room tidy. Quirky characters (like Mrs. Spraybottle and Mr. Washcloth) and details comparing her mother's satisfaction to devouring dark chocolate almon...
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    You can’t read my writing. Because if words just spill, My gates will be open For you to take your fill. I’ll have my lungs collapse When I utter your name. Your thoughts in like a train That is gone as it came. I read your favorite book All the lines filled with wit. I found i...
  • Hot Topics > Letters to the Editor
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    As a fellow Marina and the Diamonds fan, I feel that Hanna A.’s review of “Electra Heart” is extremely well-written and showcases the wonders of Marina Diamandis’ second album. Hanna mentions how the four archetypes? Beauty Queen, Housewife, Homewrecker, and Idle Teen? develop the story of f...
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    “Youth Lack Life Skills” is a persuasive, articulate, and well-written piece. Brielle Black correctly captures how schools today are failing to prepare students for the real world. She states that societal changes have left teenagers in the dust, causing confusion once they reach adulthood. With...

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