2 POEMS – Caroline Reddy

Pods I sit on a black cushion and wonder if the electric pulses I feel are lightbody healers transmuting energy through the crevices we have created with our breaths to make us whole again. I rest my head on a pillow and imagine if the infinite impulses I feel are silver starseed-pods traveling through the […]

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CACTI – Aliyah Kazmi

Cacti The cacti only cry at night as a protection from water loss / she wonders how the cacti learned to not swallow the scorching sun opening the stomata-safe in the coolness of the night / photo synthesizing sentence syntax protecting its words in the day – yet here she’s crying in the sun / […]

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2 POEMS ~ Bradford Middleton

OH PHALLUS OF RIDICULOUSNESS Oh phallus of ridiculousness you tower over our town like a monolith fucking the sky as the denizens fuck with themselves anyway we can. Some chose to shop whilst I try to forget as life moves on in a drunken wasted state towards my ultimate escape and a place where life […]

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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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