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The Fight

The Fight

I am torn between my head and my heart In my head, the right choice is to remain To go on, unsatisfied and unhappy Living in a world where acceptance means too much Love meaning nothing if it is not a…

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Karen Ebersole

Karen Ebersole resides in Ohio with her teenage daughter and her emotional support dog, Daisy. She is an online marketer, but her true passion has always been writing. She has studied Fiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University and is currently taking a Romance Writing course at Four County Career Center.

THE VOID

THE VOID

You’re so much better than The words echoing in your mind. Those lies were put there long Before you had a say in the matter. Trust me, love, scatter those words To the sky. Just let them go. Let them escape…

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K. A. Truax

Kat was born in the US and has traveled throughout the world. Trained from childhood in the art of dance, she developed a passion for self expression not only through dance but also through writing and photography. Following college, she began her career in healthcare where she gained priceless insight through the lives of those that she had the privilege to serve. However, like the moon pulling the tides, her true calling led her home again to words. A born story teller, Kat began writing poetry and prose at the tender age of ten. She began sharing her words publicly in 2016. Kat's poetry and prose has been published in the Spillwords Press, a home for those who live and breathe words. Her first book of poetry, "Midnight Echoes: Elements of Love" was released in February 2018.

My Good Name

My Good Name

“Except my name. I’ll give up all that other stuff, but only if I get to keep my name. I’ve worked too hard for it, your honor.” ~ Tina Turner My mother married Ron Good when I was in kindergarten. Shortly…

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Crystal Good

Crystal Good is hard to put in just one box. She prefers: artist, advocate and entrepreneur. She is a member of the Affrilachian (African American Appalachian) Poets, a group of writers and artists whose creations and existence combat the erasure of African American identity in the Appalachian region, an Irene McKinney Scholar, and the author of Valley Girl. She is the founder and CEO of Mixxed Media , a government relations consulting firm that leverages social & media engagement strategies for mission-driven organizations. Crystal holds the completely made up but totally real office of "Social Media Senator" for the Digital District Of West Virginia whose platform encourages digital and political literacy. Artist::Advocate:: crystalgood.net Entrepreneur:: themixxedmedia.com

Love Averages

Love Averages

The typical hug lasts 3 seconds. So does the average wave goodbye. That first kiss we longed for, the one that stopped time? Scientific surveys among lovers show it took about 10 seconds. Speaking of kisses, most will experience their first…

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Paula R. Hilton

Paula R. Hilton is a novelist who explores the ways deeply flawed people can still be forces of good in the world. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA from the University of New Orleans. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion website, and NPR’s This I Believe, as well as in a number of literary journals, including The Tulane Review, Kalliope, and Ellipsis. Hilton’s debut novel, Little Miss Chaos, received the Kirkus star for books of exceptional merit. The novel was also a short-listed finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and selected as a 2016 Best Indie Teen Read by Kirkus. She lives in Florida with her husband, son, and daughter and is working on Daphne and the Delirious Girls, her second book for young adults.

You Made The World

You Made The World

Agony—a gone knee Can’t bend—no way to mend This isn’t about aging—maybe about raging What stops the crazy rhyme-time? Unplug the clock Blind its ruby face Tear your eyes out if you must Choke on dust There I go again, too…

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Anne Leigh Parrish

Anne Leigh Parrish's fifth novel, A Winter Night, will be published in April 2021 by Unsolicited Press. Previous titles are: Maggie’s Ruse, a novel, (Unsolicited Press, 2019); The Amendment, a novel, (Unsolicited Press, 2018); Women Within, a novel (Black Rose Writing, 2017); By the Wayside, stories (Unsolicited Press, 2017); What Is Found, What Is Lost, a novel, (She Writes Press, 2014); Our Love Could Light The World, stories (She Writes Press, 2013); and All The Roads That Lead From Home, stories, (Press 53, 2011). She lives among the evergreen trees in the South Sound region of Washington State.

Loving and Leaving an Alcoholic: Am I Self Centered?

Loving and Leaving an Alcoholic: Am I Self Centered?

The day after spending Christmas with family, I received a text message from a close relative. You are a self-centered piece of crap. Good riddance. You’re not welcome here ever again. Period. Everything was planned at our expense. What the fuck…

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Dave Pasquel

After living under a rock for nearly 25 years, Dave had his eyes opened wide to the world in 2010 after marrying his crazy cat lady wife. Intrigued by controversy, culture, lifestyle, current events and history, Dave has traveled to 41 states and a handful of foreign countries. Defined as ‘metro’ by his three kids, you will often find him cleaning the house instead of working out in the yard. In his spare time, Dave likes to write sappy love songs but will be the first to admit that he can’t carry a tune.

off-white

off-white

Every writer should go to an asylum – she said we all are very sad, the conscious in my head and she said it in whispers we painted blue a numbing bed between my legs two fingers soothing the flood in…

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Paakhi Bhatnagar

Paakhi Bhatnagar is a student from India and an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about current politics and feminist issues. She also possess the uncanny ability of turning everything into a debate.

Very Specific Phobias

Very Specific Phobias

We used to talk, we used to have conversations big and Small. But really, they were never small. Never felt small. It’s not the same. Time was like cotton candy, sugar tendrils we could twist and Pull to our whims and…

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A. Martine

A. Martine is a trilingual writer, musician and artist of color who goes where the waves take her. She might have been a kraken in a past life. She's an Assistant Editor at *Reckoning Press* and a Managing Editor of *The Nasiona*. Her collection of poems, "AT SEA" was shortlisted for the 2019 Kingdoms in the Wild Poetry Prize. Some words found or forthcoming in: *Berfrois, The Rumpus, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Metaphorosis, South Broadway Ghost Society, RIC Journal, Lamplight, TERSE. Journal, Gone Lawn, Truancy Mag, Crack the Spine, Confessionalist Zine, Ghost City Review, Rogue Agent, Boston Accent Lit, Porridge Magazine, Camwood Lit*. Follow her @Maelllstrom/ www.maelllstrom.com.