Featured Writing

White cat looking toward the camera.

Ghost

by Amy Southard I walked into the room, The hardwood floors creaking Beneath my feet. I thought I was alone again, As I gracefully stepped over My fluffy white feline friend. The air felt a little chilled And there was a draft Blowing the sheer turquoise curtains Into a beautiful…

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Poetry Posts

White cat looking toward the camera.

Ghost

by Amy Southard I walked into the room, The hardwood floors creaking Beneath my feet. I thought I was alone again, As I gracefully stepped over My fluffy white feline friend. The air felt a little chilled And there was a draft Blowing the sheer turquoise curtains Into a beautiful…

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An overhead view of a neighborhood.

Mulch Mound

by Alec Montalvo There used to be a mulch mound here. From out my kitchen window, I’d see teens coming into the clearing, emerging from the brushes,  carrying snowboards under one arm,  brown paper bagged bottles of booze in the opposite hand, smack in the middle of summertime. They’d get…

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An empty court room.

Some are Born Free

by Marc Livanos Everybody knows everyone. When you do something, the telephone lines light up like a Friday night football field. It is early spring, so most trains just pass this town on their way to Chicago. Old men sit on benches catching-up on bushels of corn, sorghum and winter…

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Girl coloring in her classroom.

Slide on Over

by Juanita Jones Hey kid Why don’t you slide on over Sit on down And tell me a story Your road’s been long With fear and hate On the grounds of a school War waged Without any end Except maybe yours Hey kid Why don’t you slide on over Sit…

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Cougar sleeping in a cage.

Caged

by John Grey At this roadside attraction, a mountain lion in a cage is the main draw. Even behind bars, his ferocity dwarfs mine. I stare in big eyes, wonder what they want. The tempered growl, on the other hand, can only mean one thing. It’s not a prisoner’s grumble….

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The view of a valley filled with trees and a small body of water. Clouds cover the sky.

Attitude

by Marc Livanos On comfy lounges I sit observing the panoramic view of the green valley below. Clouds blanket the horizon but here and there bits of blue peek through. Live oak’s shimmering leaves mingle with the evergreens towards the far-off skyline. Chattering bluebirds fill the air with chirps longingly…

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Blue mint and wild crocus

by DS Maolalai doing my aunt a favour; pulling wildflowers from her prize-winning beds. I’m careful – when I can I save the stem and some root, piling them on the pavement and pushing the dirt down around her petunias. my aunt’s front garden is filled with red flowers, like…

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Stock Characters

by Sarah Marquez Dear, you are a fuzzy image on surveillance cameras, in a black skullcap, a hollow-mask. We stand close in clogged checkout aisles, suck hot air. You pay cash, rub a flat silver clip, coins jingle & jangle in your pocket. I want to be them, tucked away….

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We Forget You’re Fifteen

by Khristy L. Knudtson They eclipse the tile floor of the juvie centeryou’ve lost it, your center. You are a lit match—tossed.An apocalyptic comet of self-destruction.A cyclic revolution taunting,chaos knows chaos knows chaos. You are asphyxiated with a flat-affected apathy. An absentee teen whoknows chaos knows chaos knows. You are…

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The Way of Stormy Weather

by DS Maolalai we were waiting for a train, under a shatterproof shelter. I was going into town and she to meet her godmother at the airport. both hungover; the sky in a rotten mood. the train-track and the station were suspended – up here you could see rooftops go…

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