New Name

Featured Artwork: Upasana Agarwal Harami My 10-year old Urdu vocabulary didn’t include that word. I didn’t know what it meant.  Other than its root, haram: not allowed, wrong.  So I had figured the shrill woman who flung the word at me was insulting me.  But I didn’t care.  If me slapping her son for touching…

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Beneath The Stairs

Featured Artwork: Adrian Delgado We used to rent out the basement in my house. There, through the golden columns and bronze pyramids of despair and dreams they strode in. The pearl painted chippings of lands that once were laid at their feet. Underneath their soles were eternities of ancestors waiting for their return. They carried…

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Nature Through a Romantic’s Lens

Featured Artwork: ‘Evening: Landscape with an Aqueduct’ by Théodore Géricault As time moves forward, we distance ourselves further away from past ideologies and lifestyles. Intellectual movements become preserved in textbooks, and their products end up framed in museums. Values of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Modernism are scrutinized and criticized by students aiming to submit provoking…

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Seasonal Poetry

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed I am told Europe is beautiful in the summer Indian summers try their best to melt you to the ground. How shall I compare thy summer’s day to mine? Our flowers are scorched under the sun The same sun that shines so benevolently on you This same flower that smiles…

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Education

Featured Illustration: Lina Mulik Read a narrative when not mandated Nurture a love for a learning Follow your passions They may turn  One day,  Into your earnings   Acquaint with the world Perhaps even amend it Discern something You once couldn’t   But now can name it   Learn And share Flourish And become aware…

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brown skinned girl

Featured Illustration: Phung Banh Brown skinned girl Coconut wet black curls. Pigment in that burning gaze Could light any candle that holds your space. Speak with those honeyed and remedied lips Sway into the night with your ancestors’ hips. Never let them take your cinnamon sighs For a sign of defeated cries. Across the palms…

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The Tragedy of John Brown in Pop Culture

Featured Illustration: Laura Lannes When I heard that Showtime was creating a show centered around John Brown, I cannot lie, I was very excited. John Brown is one of the most fascinating historical figures in American history, not just for what he did, but because of how Americans across generations have seen him, praised him,…

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You Are.

Featured Illustration: Sebastian Biggeri You’d rather plant roots Than search for them What are trees made of Whatever you cannot deny  Is it the immigrant experience Or just experience  Do I trivialize it by wondering if it’s just another way to soul-search This is a process You are the process Henna like lace over your…

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