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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: ‘My Red Cap and Me’

by Jela Olaso Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, I found a red cap.   And so, I wore it!   I loved my red cap, my first love ever. We stayed together. We walked together. We sang and danced together. Always, forever.   Until one day—   My mom, li’l brother […]

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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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Ink Blots: 6 Poems For Children and Adults To Enjoy

by Kariza Montealegre Exposing children to poetry is important since it allows them to appreciate words better at an early age. From rhymes and sound emphasis to wordplay, reading poetry is not just a fun activity with kids; it could also be instrumental in forming a foundation for their reading. Wondering which poems are best for […]

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Poetry Submission: ‘Amidst the Collision’

by c.b. Joaquina It happened all at once. Emma was fixing herself a cup of coffee.  Klint was scrolling through his phone, trying to make sense of the world.  Rey was talking to his excited little daughter.  She was happy. It was her birthday.    It happened all at once.  We were all going about our […]

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Ink Blots: ‘Shrinking Women’ by Lily Myers

by Kariza Montealegre Each day is a fight for women’s rights, and each day is a chance to honor women and their contributions to society, so today, I’ll be sharing a spoken word poem I stumbled upon years ago and has stuck with me since. As a woman, it is easy to feel inferior. You doubt your […]

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Ink Blots: ‘Questions of Travel’ by Elizabeth Bishop

by Kariza Montealegre Welcome to the first Ink Blots post of 2016. I’m sure a lot of you have made a list of sights you want to see, adventures you want to embark in and places you want to discover. I can’t blame you if you have that burning desire to leave home (I am […]

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Ink Blots: ‘The Invitation’ by Oriah

by Kariza Montealegre It’s been a while since the last Ink Blots, but I hope you’re all good, making the most of the remaining days of the year. (Can you believe 2015 is almost over?) Whatever you may be up to these days, allow me to drizzle you with some inspiration today. Today’s piece is about […]

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Ink Blots: ‘Mad Girl’s Love Song’ by Sylvia Plath

by Kariza Montealegre Last time, I wrote about a piece in line with Mental Health Day. Today, I’m sharing a poem on madness from a poet who suffered from bipolar disorder and depression and eventually committed suicide—Sylvia Plath. It’s also the birth anniversary of this literary genius this month, so it seems like the perfect time […]

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Ink Blots: ‘The Madness Vase’ by Andrea Gibson

by Kariza Montealegre Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and various discussions on suicide prevention have been initiated. With 800,000 lives taken every year because of suicide, it is indeed important to raise awareness on the matter. And today, I would like to share a poem that touches on such subject. Today’s piece is from the […]