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BREATHING CEILINGS BY MARIANA URREGO

BREATHING CEILINGS BY MARIANA URREGO

Hey I’m here to make you feel all better Oh and I’m also your licensed debt collector Be so kind, sway to my eye-line’s rhythm It’s my diagnosis to make you feel all better Have you smelled my new handbag’s leather? It’s frozen limp like…

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CLOISTER SONG BY KYLIE MITCHELL

CLOISTER SONG BY KYLIE MITCHELL

I am religious tapestries held up by T pins near the spiders, in the windows They rise and fall like the breath of a small child I hear him in the pews I am old, eroded rock which only religious men get to lay with…

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II–MONUMENTS OF LIGHT BY STELLA SONG

II–MONUMENTS OF LIGHT BY STELLA SONG

a thousand glories await us who here has seen your sublime glory your memories seized by the sunken sky frenzied by desire frenzied by what you call sorrow what reduces you to a being what calls you home taken again by the storm towards the…

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IN TRANSIT BY SWATI SHARMA

IN TRANSIT BY SWATI SHARMA

I am brown in Terminal 1 at JFK in December, shaking to my bones with a fever I didn’t have time to measure. Two seats away from me are two toddlers screaming in German, their parents aren’t afraid of their accents slipping through their coffee…

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LIFE IN STONE BY CHAP NEWTON

LIFE IN STONE BY CHAP NEWTON

Carved and chiseled from marble blocks These gods created by the hands of man Endure the waves of generations Standing tall in their palace In grand halls where footsteps of pilgrims Echo softly through the air Murmurs of awe and silent regard Clutter within walls…

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ODE TO BLUE BY KYLIE MITCHELL

ODE TO BLUE BY KYLIE MITCHELL

If I think about it hard enough, if I concentrate every bit of myself I can go back to running my thumb over your cheek pressing gently into your skin To how the temperature would fluctuate across your alluvial plains OH how the temperature would…

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ONLY CHILD BY PRETHA PRABHAKAR

ONLY CHILD BY PRETHA PRABHAKAR

She watched The families on television With six chairs at the dining table Six chairs all filled She had three empty chairs. She watched The minivan pull up beside her The children in the back Their faces Motion blurred when traffic said it was time…

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A SONNET FOR JAMES BALDWIN BY TODD ‘DAS’ FUERST

A SONNET FOR JAMES BALDWIN BY TODD ‘DAS’ FUERST

I remember the first time I heard him Speaking so intelligently to men Men who were white and sophisticated His voice was so calm and deliberate Happy to hear a black man speak his voice Of courtesy and without contempt A man so calm, so…

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REST BY RORY MCBRADY

REST BY RORY MCBRADY

Sandbag eyelids drive me to slumber On a dark road in the Midwest As I sit in the passenger’s seat Headlights illuminating the forgotten path Not a single star in the sky   And as I lay like a dead man, Stuck between the teeth…

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TO EZRA, MY VIOLIN BY SAM LEE

TO EZRA, MY VIOLIN BY SAM LEE

  In fourth grade I wanted to play cello, but my brother told me to play with you instead. I didn’t love your shiny and metallic voice, but you weighed less, you suited me better, you fit snugly into my childlike hands. I remember how…

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