Category: Poetry

I WAS TOLD BY DEBORAH H. DOOLITTLE

That I made a better door than a window, but I just couldn’t open up that way. That my eyes were the windows to my soul—yes, my beady, unblinking hazel eyes—them. That I had a beautiful soul, blessed in ordinary shades of Rio...

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FEATHERS & FUSS BY TRAVIS STEPHENS

imagine feathers on my head on my neck across my back downy cheeked my beaky nose. imagine the way I’d have to fold my wings to even get into the car. Hurry with this swishing tail before the door closed. Never twice. Imagine...

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STRAWBERRY JAM BY TRAVIS STEPHENS

June’s fiercest sun burned her arms & her feet where they peeked from those most foolish shoes. It was time to can strawberries, to fill the kitchen with heat, fly-sweet, & long for a breeze. She didn’t like strawberry...

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TEAR FREE BY ELLE RENAE

I’m going to let the tears flow not wipe my eyes when the moisture blurs my vision I’m going to let the tears flow while the tears stain my cheeks and roll past my lips gather at the base of my chin then drop slowly I’m going to...

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SHE TOO BY ELLE RENAE

for Langston Hughes I sing America, too. At the Intersection: the line between black and white. The lighter sistah at the table now, while the darker one laughs, eats, grows stronger As her beauty burgeons, She, he, and “I” sing...

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RÉSUMÉ FOR MY FATHER BY TIMOTHY MARTIN

Steelworker, lover of cars (he exchanged these often), lover of women (he was faithful to one), fast friend, storyteller nonpareil, improver of homes by both hands and his presence. Who sang in church loudly and off-key before...

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