CREATE | ENCOUNTER
October 13, 2018
When others drove with their headlights on
and tied yellow ribbons onto trees
we wore black and walked to school.
When torches lit, and oil fields burned
when flames rose into Iraqi skies
we came together, voices shouting
“No bombs, no blood for oil!”
In 1990 war was ea...
In Iceland, close to 100 percent
of the babies who test positive
for Down’s syndrome in the womb are
Reading those words,
my heart stands still for a moment;
thankfully, for me, it is only a moment.
Others are not that
Daily, we move through a world that was not built for us. for our bodies.
Our society, our workplaces, have been built by and for the bodies of cisgender men.
We must accept this.
As one pro-choice man put it in 2004, pregnancy is “certainly an inconvenience for a busines...
I cannot scream.
Around three thousand babies are killed every day in this country, legally.
Around three thousand human beings are poisoned, starved, or dismembered alive every day in this country and this is legal.
Molly C. Sheahan
Your hands clenched my neck
My breath escaped in a sigh
Lungs grasped for air, you did not care
But I did not die
You beat me to a pulp
Stifling my begging cry
Punched and kicked, scratched and bit
You refused to feed me
Though food was always in supply
Zachary Neal Wierschem
Sitting on the side of the street
I feel all the important people pass me by:
Moms, Bisnessmen, Toys R Us workers.
My shirt looks like it came from
old Goodwill from the Bronx,
one where all the clothes are sprayed
with yurine smelling perfum before they are sold.
I present m...
When my eyes are closed
I see a laughing child in a field.
Flowers in her hands.
Her smile wide as summer.
She would have been born in June, they said.
She was so small.
Her body could have fit
in the palm of my hand.
I could not read my future.
It gaped like an open maw, eager...
October 22, 2017
What about those without a song –
whose long journey begins
i skimmed the heart right out of you
he didn’t say
after all, giving voice and name gives face and reality
and faceless things…
...can be skimmed away
so by not saying
with saying many things ---
--buzz, rush-scuzz, hush-hush--
i skimmed, he will not say
but jargon, yes
1st Place: I'll Love You
1st Place: Abort, Deport
October 12, 2018
When torches lit, and oil fields bur...
1st Place: Inside the Beast
Honorable Mention: The Identity Thief
Honorable Mention: As a Result
Honorable Mention: Liberation
Honorable Mention: Scream
Honorable Mention: But I Did Not Die:
Honorable Mention: The Average Age of Homelessness
Honorable Mention: In Living Color
2nd Place: The Procedure
Honorable Mention: (In)Human
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