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‘Winter is Coming’ by Radical Face

‘Winter is Coming’ by Radical Face

I see the winter, she’s crawling up the lawn I feel her breathing beneath my palms She tears the trees down while curses roll from her tongue Got eyes like anvils and storms for lungs Hiding in our house, sunburn in his mouth, Summer’s in […]

‘Vinegar and Oil’ by Jane Hirshfield

‘Vinegar and Oil’ by Jane Hirshfield

Wrong solitude vinegars the soul, right solitude oils it. How fragile we are, between the few good moments. Coming and going unfinished, puzzled by fate, like the half-carved relief of a fallen donkey, above a church door in Finland.

‘A Time to Talk’ by Robert Frost

‘A Time to Talk’ by Robert Frost

When a friend calls to me from the road And slows his horse to a meaning walk, I don’t stand still and look around On all the hills I haven’t hoed, And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’ No, not as there is […]

‘Courage’ by Anne Sexton

‘Courage’ by Anne Sexton

• It is in the small things we see it. The child’s first step, as awesome as an earthquake. The first time you rode a bike, wallowing up the sidewalk. The first spanking when your heart went on a journey all alone. When they called […]

Excerpt from ‘EGGHEAD’ by Bo Burnham

Excerpt from ‘EGGHEAD’ by Bo Burnham

“Hell waits in a doctor’s office, Tapping his shoe against a loose strip of carpet, Holding a magazine in front of his face, Trying to look professional, Whilst eyeing the children’s toys.”

‘A Litany for Survival’ by Audre Lorde

‘A Litany for Survival’ by Audre Lorde

For those of us who live at the shoreline standing upon the constant edges of decision crucial and alone for those of us who cannot indulge the passing dreams of choice who love in doorways coming and going in the hours between dawns looking inward […]

‘6:59am’ by Shane Koyczan

‘6:59am’ by Shane Koyczan

I’ve been told That people in the army Do more by 7.00AM Than I do In an entire day But if I wake At 6.59AM And turn to you To trace the outline of your lips With mine I will have done enough And killed […]

Excerpt from ‘Perfect’ by Samantha King Holmes

Excerpt from ‘Perfect’ by Samantha King Holmes

“Cautious now about bearing your soul For if others saw you fully exposed They may not love you like they claim to.”

Excerpt from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Make Good Art’ Speech

Excerpt from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Make Good Art’ Speech

If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something. And when things get though, this is what you should do. Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa […]

Excerpt from ‘Baby Lollipops’ by Jaquira Diaz

Excerpt from ‘Baby Lollipops’ by Jaquira Diaz

It was the year they found a dead toddler in the bushes, head bashed in, bite marks and cigarette burns all over his body. He was wearing a T-shirt with multicolored lollipops across the front. It was November 1990. Miami Beach police detectives were all […]