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Sally Buckner – How to Burn the Flag

Sally Buckner – How to Burn the Flag

            -For Chris Hedges        No matches available, kerosene is scarce, and we’ve forgotten how to strike sparks from flint.   No matter,  other instruments suffice.   For kindling, gather facts in your tightest fist and twist, twist, wringing out truth like soapsuds. Collect time-proven abstractions: honor, courage. Bunch […]

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Sweta Srivastava Vikram – What Does a Servant Girl Know?

Sweta Srivastava Vikram – What Does a Servant Girl Know?

I was plucking chilies when you stared at my lips— said I needed no lipstick, that nature had been kind to the contours. You begged me for a taste of the small, hot pepper. You sucked my fiery tongue. I believed you. What does a servant girl know? You drank from my breasts, nicknamed them […]

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Editor’s Note – Kerry Holjes

Editor’s Note – Kerry Holjes

Dear Reader, As soon as we draw our first breaths, our lives are intertwined with, governed by and dependent upon a vast array of power. When I sat down to pen this letter, my mind danced through all the ways in which power controls every moment of my life. Power is an intangible that can […]

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Marcia G. Yerman – Coin of the Realm

Marcia G. Yerman – Coin of the Realm

— Artist’s Note: Coin of the Realm by Marcia G. Yerman combines abstract and figurative imagery. Surrounding the main figure are mini-stories, using iconography from this period of the artist’s work. The limp figure in the upper left hand corner represents a child who was prevalent in the news at the time, who died at the hands of […]

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Damyanti Biswas – Talking about Rape

Damyanti Biswas – Talking about Rape

I agree, he says, as all men must, that a woman should not be raped.  He nods his head in that way he has, of a sleepy, white-wigged judge from a Bollywood movie. But women need to be careful too. I want to bitch-slap that head till it swings from one side to another. I want that […]

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Jayshree Misra Tripathi – The Composer of Verse

Jayshree Misra Tripathi – The Composer of Verse

And now, as the night hawk sounds our signal to begin, I breathe in the dusk from the comfort of the easy chair Still warm, but those who came before me are now strangers To the needs of my soul, the low peent call beckons, be aware. And now, it is MY time to seek […]

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Lora Keller – A Coming

Lora Keller – A Coming

I wait for the call, the go-ahead the nod to lose myself in streaks of color, dance steps I will never master, a coming, swamp deep and sweet. If I let go, I will shatter or dissolve or not have the energy to fix dinner listen to my son’s stories or run this business. I […]

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Gloria D. Gonsalves – I am a Child of Tanzania

Gloria D. Gonsalves – I am a Child of Tanzania

Blood of my ancestors speak, that I am wisdom within. History from Olduvai Gorge, that I am knowledge of evolution. Unbroken caldera Ngorongoro, that I am the wonder within. Our elephant is largest on land, that I have power to leap forward. Great lakes of East Africa, that I am source of greatness. Mighty height […]

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Hannah Brockbank – Bed Death

Hannah Brockbank – Bed Death

Resigned and on my back, I’m exploring the bedroom, the unfathomable edges. The grey areas. It’s hard to tell where one thing finishes, and another begins. The backlit pleated curtains, cast shadow bars along the pane. I yawn, this percussive maintenance. I try not to think of love not wanting it to equate to this, […]

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Marcia G. Yerman – Lady with Tree II

Marcia G. Yerman – Lady with Tree II

— Artist’s Note: Lady With Tree II is part of a three canvas series by Marcia G. Yerman. In this painting, the “lady” – who is a stand in for the artist – assumes a stationary pose. The action in her particular universe takes place behind her. Highly symbolic elements stand in for the realities […]

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