POETRY & PROSE, WORLD ISSUES

Voices from Afghanistan

Featured Illustration: Shehzil Malik They call to us from under the Afghan Sun, their skin bright like amber kindled under flame, and their voices heavy with dripping characters, rough edges and beveled lines, black ink bursting over letters and journals, for they live by the pen, writing in an attempt to reach the world outside, […]

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LGBTQ+, POETRY & PROSE

Bad Love and Old Lies

She was proud. That much she knew. Lying in the hot Italian sun she turned once again watching as the world whirled and became submerged in the rose tint of her pink sunglasses. She smiled to herself hearing the screams of her friends as they splashed in the water becoming teenagers once again. Your pride […]

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LGBTQ+, POETRY & PROSE, THE ARTS

Sixteen in Clarksville

Featured Artwork: Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene, 1864 by Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) In Clarksville, they were just children — arguably too young to know what love was, but evidently old enough to know that they’d found it in each other. They’d known one another for nine of their sixteen years. It was […]

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POETRY & PROSE, THE ARTS

The Flowers are Waxing Poetic

I wonder what Spring and Colour do while they observe from the alcoves of their Season. I like to think they flirt and wax poetic about van Gogh, calling themselves a muse; that they romance each other, then dance until they’ve spun into warmth and light. As the months pass Spring becomes overworked, while Colour […]

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MENTAL HEALTH, POETRY & PROSE

My First Poem Was Titled ‘Futility’

Featured Image: Joe deSousa White caps of snow on the roof, pure and tranquil, and maybe I will, lay on this roof a little while longer to numb the continuous hunger of an eating binge that only serves to placate  the momentous desire to act preemptively   and seek an end Until snide words can no […]

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POETRY & PROSE

Pet

Featured Image: Vitor Monthay Look at you So progressive that one could almost convince themselves that they weren’t being herded into the Zoo brigade from hell Pardon my skepticism but I could not be bothered to have to sit a compliant performer at your spectacle another tune of self-celebration as you are cheered for mounting […]

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