Archive for Issue 7

Abraham Rojas

Abraham Rojas

If, as Orwell said, everyone gets the face they deserve at fifty, then what could be said of the hands? Can they signify too many days spent in luxury, made clear by their swanny softness and unlined appearance? Does a life of dissolution tell in…

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Three Cartoons by Elizabeth Davalos

Three Cartoons by Elizabeth Davalos

  Drawings by Elizabeth Davalos Written by Edwin Rivera Elizabeth Davalos’s personal essay “Scratch Away” won third prize in the Fifth Annual School of Visual Arts Writing Program Contest. Elizabeth is a sophomore at SVA currently studying traditional animation. An avid lover of all the…

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Kyoko Miyabe

Kyoko Miyabe

In the dark days of sorcery, long before the prevalence of hard science, bones were cast for the purpose of divination. Archaeologists could read into the past after sifting the chalky remains of sarcophagi. Bones lurched up from the wilding ground could lead a forensic…

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Song Of The Night Spirit by Claudia Shaldervan

Song Of The Night Spirit by Claudia Shaldervan

I. Blinding aluminum opens and closes, Calloused feet scrape the linoleum floor, My buzzing gaze fixes on five upturned noses, They can’t hear your pleading, their faces morose. Ignored, yet outstretched, my hand is hurled back. Crashes buckle the floor into puzzles of cracks. Black…

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Night Fiends by Claudia Shaldervan

Night Fiends by Claudia Shaldervan

Ring me up sometime, during those nights When nocturnal creatures clad in robes and turbans Bang their scaly fists on bar tables, yelling “Give me a cocktail or give me death!” As the neon lights of casinos blind anyone who stares too long. I don’t…

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Behind A Name by Joshua Rhule

Behind A Name by Joshua Rhule

We sometimes sleep past the satisfaction of our alarms We drift into others’ minds as by the turning of their heads A subtle motion without the gesture of question In a way we’re given no decency We cling to the fragments of light that make…

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Fall In Line by Joshua Rhule

Fall In Line by Joshua Rhule

I come on too strong Fathoming patience in the way a bee acquiesces to life, A life that a broken thorn contradicts What would one say, All the while no words between the black lines Or at least for someone so literal Charismatic one could…

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A Tree by Hae Won Kang

A Tree by Hae Won Kang

A tree stands still, restrained by his own shadow, stuck in the dust of dead flowers. Black, wine leaves rain on the thirsty ground. Withering branches shiver in numbing breeze. Every day, he sees people pass by. They see him too, but that is all….

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The Future by Jessica Libby

The Future by Jessica Libby

Locked up In death, some more equal than others And the great city Seeking asylum for The power of faith The dirty old men politically outspoken Just don’t get it Jobs and trade on the race of doubt When whites freak out Naturally endangered The…

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The Forgotten Jewel by Julio Cesar Candelario

The Forgotten Jewel by Julio Cesar Candelario

Embraces its tamer side From shackles to gold medals Return to the high life—why pay more money Lord (and sanity) on a road trip A joyful blindness, but a presidency to save a portrait of black Friday Suspicions of bias, a quest to find a…

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