Windows

In September we took off our socks stretched them out to dry in the lingering summer with barefeet I learned that body is a kind of currency how to spend this currency as a man, as a woman where I live there is an owl atop every building to scare all the...

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Abuse is not love

Many people think domestic violence can’t and will never happen to them until it has escalated  to where it is too late to receive help. Many do not even know the signs of an unhealthy relationship. You believe that you both argue because of something you...

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Recurring Storms

Dana’s feet drag on the ground Her worn sneakers take steps without her Her confidence in fists She walks up the stairs To the dreary house The white picket fence He painted dark The grown out lawn The white carnations all are gone Washed away by storms...

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What Remains

I do not have direct experience with police brutality, as I am a white female. However, it is an extremely important issue, and I see it affecting both my immediate community as well as the entire country. For this work, I collected news headlines and quotes from...

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My Experience in Lanzate 2016 with Mi Jente

Name of Conference: LANZATE 2016 The organizers of “Mi Jente” sent me an email about their gathering with different organizations in Puerto Rico, and they asked me if I was interested in going and experiencing that. I first thought I couldn’t...

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(Untitled) By Marquise Mashburn

My soul predates the Egyptians smoking on this weed no prescription trying to elevate better pay attention im resonating at the frequency of the sun horus telling me keep elevating son your journey just have begun gotta save humanity before shit gets worse...

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Anxiety

All in my head Anxiety is the worst thing someone can ever have. I worry, and fear, and think So much so That the migraines kick in and that 600mg pill of ibuprofen just isn't working anymore Everyone has some form of anxiety. But. You see, I...

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Two Balloons Stuck In A Tree

Nothing but nylon and string wrapped again and again around the twisted bough and waving in the breeze. There’s no escape. Here they will be kept until death. But is this not the best place for them? Better than for them to rise and split...

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A Series of harrowing Phenomenons

A butterfly flaps its wings, and you happen Mild breeze in California into whirling winds at sea Now there's a tornado in Maine and it’s your fault Drilling holes into my pores, uprooting trauma The hoover dam is cracking, good thing too I’m...

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Politics As Told…By Teens

“The mention of politics is a surefire way to get teenagers to fall asleep.” -Leila D’Angelo in The Guardian Hello. I am a teenager. I am a bisexual teenage girl who is an American citizen and is interested in the fate of our country. And I am...

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10 Things to have Hope In

1. My fear of mirrors, ever since I was a kid, I believed that my body was more monotone than orchestra. For 16 years it’s reeked of infinitive insecurities. I was always the lost black kid. The one you threw compliments at to make sure I wouldn't dive...

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Prey

No fish wants to leave the water. But what happens when the tail of a fish grows into legs? What happens when the gills begin to seal and the fresh breath of salty water turns into the world's worst poison? Whats happens when the water you...

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Secret Poem

May Gold Rush Am I a fool to dissolve in the river, to be taken where it goes? Where will my body be, when you are all washed off? I will emerge from the water when it's hottest and it hurts for California Farmers to swallow. Did you send my...

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Destruction

Up on the parkway the wind’s in my hair, Watching the changing sky without care. Lush green mountains of flora and fauna, Hot summer days that feel like a sauna. Already there are signs of what's to come, We NEED to save the place we're from....

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El Salvador

I  can’t really remember the day well, but it was 2 years ago. In El Salvador, I studied communications. A career that I really like. In the career, we had to go to different places and take pictures of the best things we could find and write a...

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Fear

Fear follows us like a dog hungry for meat Fear controls us like a coach on the field Fear sleeps with usFear surrounds us like guns and knives Fear is everywhere just like spirits Fear is only an emotion You cannot smell fear but you can smell...

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Migraines

Migraines. This constant pain I battled with beginning in kindergarten is still felt to this day. I had a basic understanding of how pain and health conditions worked back then, having to witness some of the illnesses my grandma battled with in...

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Poverty

Destroying their vision ​ They know no better You keep them down Bounding their souls Forever below the oppression they only know and "love" Other than select few who slip through the cracks Oh what's that? Confidence I see? You know you know...

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Donna

there's a house where she’d sing wearing an amber gown barefoot Marvin Gaye from her room tv she said “those were the good old days.” pouring rum into a pan of chopped garlic and bell peppers her body moved with the sensation of the spices and...

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Black Lives Matter

The purpose of my “Black Lives Matter” piece was to explain that I completely support this movement, considering that I am a young black woman. The picture is meant to show that we as black women (or African Americans as a whole) are deeper and have more to show...

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Real Lives.

When you deny someone entrance into our nation because of simple national origin or how they pray, you don’t make America safer, you make us stand out, you make us more separate from the highest of decency, you make us more of a target to the...

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