#MeToo Writing Contest Second Place (tie): Varnika Jain/Why a Poet

There is hurt In measures I’m yet to fathom. There are pieces, Broken, Which I haven’t yet begun to gather. There are tears, Gaping, Waiting to be stitched and mended. There are wounds, Oozing, Bloodying numerous gauzes. Despair, you say? Run and hide? I’m broken, you say? What’s there to survive? But, wait, I think,Continue reading #MeToo Writing Contest Second Place (tie): Varnika Jain/Why a Poet

#MeToo Writing Contest Third Place: Mr. Blog/The Weight of Memory is Fierce

Repack your soul; return it to its birth Before knowledge descended upon it.   Rebuild it by undoing.   Recreate innocence; before you were Defiled and destroyed Taken to pasture and slaughtered.   Slip into rooms once lived Houses once haunted Dust floorboards for the flesh of your youth.   Ghost the halls and retraceContinue reading #MeToo Writing Contest Third Place: Mr. Blog/The Weight of Memory is Fierce

Because of the Wolves, We Count on Sheep-Introducing Teisha Twomey

[Poem by Teisha Twomey, photo of Maïa Vidal] Eyes to the side, animal hides Eyes to the front, animal hunts In the habit of meaning well Every ram assumes a posture the refrain. What of the passive prey, humming along? Old melodies the lambs, as many likeable hush and woolgatherers, practicing kindness again and again—Continue reading Because of the Wolves, We Count on Sheep-Introducing Teisha Twomey

Blood Into Ink #MeToo Writing Contest Honorable Mention- Little Bird/Kae Bucher

He finds me in my nest and gathers my boundaries as though they are nothing more than flimsy twigs to kindle his appetite. As he sets them aside blue skies are ripped out from under me. i flap as i fall hysterically from the family tree, and into his lustful flames. goodbye sweet morsel ofContinue reading Blood Into Ink #MeToo Writing Contest Honorable Mention- Little Bird/Kae Bucher