Poetry Submission: ‘Let Me’

by Ivan Arbizo; art by Japhet Paypa As I gazed upon your eyes, I thought I would find that beautiful paradise, Where love can truly suffice. Yet everything was a lie. Those empty words Made me believe you were my world, Embracing your perfect imperfections. Realized it was all deception. Accustomed to your resplendent lightness, Let me…

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Poetry Submission: ‘Bedtime Stories’

by KC Bernardo; art by Drae Latorre In my dreams, Everything is real Possible And within reach   I lock these precious thoughts. In jars for safekeeping; Sealed with hope in twisted knots. When doubt starts creeping, Fear begin to flow like streams And when Faith, to a breath clings I will unlock my dreams And unravel…

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Poetry Submission: ‘Nineteen’

by Shealea Iral What are the hard sciences? you ask to the class a person from the back answers chemistry                         physics                                                 biology                                                                         mathematics your right hand briefly dances in the air an obviously dismissive gesture and light laughter forces its way out of your weary throat now let’s forget about the hard sciences Let’s…

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Of Love and Loss: Pablo Neruda at 110

by Karz Montealegre Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, who always knew what to say about love, celebrates his 110th birth anniversary this year. In celebration, let me look back on one of his best publications (and a favorite of mine), Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. First published in 1924 when Neruda was 19, the book…

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