POETRY & PROSE, POLITICS, WORLD ISSUES

3:164

I would love to just tell you a story of liberty But that would be unjust for my people And not very liberating for me Just a century ago stories of smiles were told But lo and behold Al-Aqsa was raided Oh, how the people turn their heads and wear blindfolds I too, was born […]

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CULTURE, LITERATURE, POETRY & PROSE

Frankly, my dear, I do give a damn

This honest review of Hazem Fahmy’s Waiting for Frank Ocean in Cairo was in exchange for an Advance Reading Copy provided to the author by Half Mystic Press. . . . In the spirit of full confession, that unsolicited offering that often makes for great poetry, I had never listened to Frank Ocean before I […]

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LIFE, POETRY & PROSE

Where does our childhood go?

Featured Illustration: ‘Swing of Love’ by Darshan Sompura Where does our childhood go When we force ourselves to grow Does it sit in the broken swings Hugging itself tight, yearning For a warmth that will never come Does it lie under the covers Shining a bright light in the middle of the night Hoping for […]

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FEMINISM, POETRY & PROSE

Ugly Patriarchy

Woman, they say Your breasts get larger each day! It is now time  To find a man, they conclude Hands clasped together As if my fate is already agreed upon A fate written by the tears of mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, and cousins Engraved into our family history This long-held tradition Of tying our women up […]

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LIFE, POETRY & PROSE

half&half

Featured Image: Natalia Senanayake i’m like a warm coffee pot blend the paleness of milk, mixed with strength and aroma a blend of the two, learning balance and harmony. i stem from the cherry blossoms and willows rooted with love in the backyard oasis of my mother’s green thumb. and the new england drive horseshoe […]

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FEMINISM, MENTAL HEALTH, POETRY & PROSE

Stereotypes

Featured Image: Lucxama Sylvain Aged eleven I knew Black was not beautiful That my 4c coils, dark brown skin, and protruding curves Made me too big, loud, and ugly Not blond enough, small enough, or white enough I was a sore thumb in a sea of white A sidekick in some white girl’s life Nice […]

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EMPOWERMENT, POETRY & PROSE

reclaiming me

Featured Illustration: Mikenzi Jones Here I am alive and breathing Living in ways I did not believe were possible Unsure and uncertain within my own being Here I am reclaiming and hoping Into the ways of my own soul, spirit, and body After a year of heartbreak and longing After months and months of grieving […]

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