PAUSE, REPLAY – SUSAN MARTIN

Pause, Replay Whatever came after, evaporated in the afternoon sun. All I hear is the ringing of your words…  “You are such a Bitch when”… pause, replay. Pause, replay the words crushing my spirit… Pause, replay as you justify letting it slip through your lips.                         “YEAH, you said that out-loud” cuts the air. […]

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October-sick – Rachel Chitofu

October-sick The clueless response to dyinggets caught in the yellow puddle of lightfallen on my blue spring bedcovers.Shells, a mirror, a bus ticket, a shelterfor sinsAnd the torn bible next to the sage plant window.The little feeder eats the night, forgettingto breathe me out on some occasions.I have some uncertainties.I don’t even show my face […]

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The 10 Commandments of the 2022 Teen Creative Writing Club of South Central New Mexico

The 10 Commandmentsof the 2022 Teen Creative Writing Clubof South Central New Mexico 1 anything can be poetry2 encourage others and be yourself3 things aren’t all black and white4 bad writing is better than no writing5 it’s not all about white men6 love your writing because it’s yours7 don’t forget this is a way out8 […]

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INAUGURAL KAREN TRUJILLO POETRY CONTEST – CLASS OF 2022 – THE WINNERS!

THE LIES ARE BEFORE THE FOOTHILLBy Melaina L. Mittel3rd place I want to tell you all a thing hereA tragic thing that defines my characterSomething that awakens even in dusk’s dawnSomething that can make an ego out of itselfSomething that can bring you and the others downAt the crack of daybreakSomething that defines my unfortunate […]

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2 POEMS – JACK BUCK

not time sheer walls exposed  not time undid it  full of horizon golden shouldered  slot canyon an overlapped kaleidoscope  each time reaction mirroring the previous before magnified  undimmed  the aftermath is goodbye  it was beautiful ~ pond by the library in a matter of thirty seconds I saw a mink carry off a fish shelved […]

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5 POEMS – DS Maolalai

A retreat. the autumn each year smelled like old crates of apples. and winter the softness, a skin- wrinkled must. and the house was his passed-away uncle’s house next to an orchard; he had plans for it, he told us, through the smell of old fruit – it would make a perfect guest house; had […]

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