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The Deflowering of Silence

The Deflowering of Silence

I. I don’t think I like you much. For starters, you have me at a disadvantage. I am not at all used to sitting at the dining hall table, on a bench beneath a tree, or beside a brook amongst tall grasses wearing not a stitch – not one! Although I suppose we could skinny [...]

Every Man an Immigrant

Every Man an Immigrant

Back home on Long Island my father’s family of origin knew within an Irish radius of 20 miles where his family had come from. A one-room straw and mud house tipping it’s roof hat to passersbys, half in the main road, halfway uphill, halfway to Roscrea, County Tipperary, halfway to the coast. Somehow it didn’t [...]

Betrayed

Betrayed

Betrayed By Julianna Jackson   Justice is not only blind, it is inept. Its abuse of power defies decency. You want my respect; I do not trust you anymore. You are not representing me. Why would I respect you? You are just bullies with badges, and the judicial system is complicit, creating monsters with guns. [...]

Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Nails

Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Nails

Bleakness took its final breaths. Bowed gracefully from my life asyou stepped smiling in. Your lack of punctuation meant something, andI finally understood the significance of rosy-cheeked. It is the glow andhealthy circulation of one who is well and thoroughly loved. The broken elevator faced us. We wondered for a while together. Puddle hopped the niceties required of new acquaintances [...]

So L.A., a Season for All Seasons

So L.A., a Season for All Seasons

                Right about now I need waders to rake my front yard, so much exquisite, pure, unabashed, falling down, crunching, spreading out, on top of piles, piles on top of roofs, piles piling up, piling piles piling, up, down, up, autumn, it’s a lot to take in, autumn, [...]

Moon Wolf

Moon Wolf

The color of the midnight fell into my lap just now, filling my fear places, my irises with the color of fire, a moon wolf racing ahead, my bloodline remembered in a moment’s flare, the color of reckoning, a redux later at the make up counter, the color on my lips, a torch secret, of [...]

Where Butterflies Sleep

Where Butterflies Sleep

Poems by Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral   Where Butterflies Sleep This night of all nights I wish to sleep where the butterflies sleep I need to rest with them… So I, too, may awake joyous with a boisterous fluttering of my wings And chase the summer morning light Through the lacy green shawl of the passionflower leaves [...]

Trash Can Nights (Excerpt)

Trash Can Nights (Excerpt)

1 • Dorothy Wu Monday, September 3 Today was a day for the scribes to record and the blind bards to sing about. For today I went on a glorious adventure with my perfect prince. We overcame hordes of vile villains, gathered crucial supplies for our greater mission, and strengthened our bond as destiny mates. [...]

Circle of Lies

Circle of Lies

Spinning back, to the starting ground The one way trip, which brings us down Like one car, doing laps or a jungle, with endless traps No way to win No way to choose A single fate we have to lose The truth is seen yet we pretend it’s not The lie is spilled and we [...]

Too Beautiful

Too Beautiful

Some Bras Art Too Beautiful To the team at Natori
 If this were ancient Egypt, and if I were Queen, I would tell the priests not to worry overmuch about the cache of 
pots, tools and mini gods in my pyramid but to focus, instead, 
on pretty things. For it is pretty things I cherish [...]

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