“Rough and Tumble” by Evie Groch

Rough and Tumble

The clothes in the dryer do what we no longer do.
Tumble
Mingle
Tangle
Cling
Tumble
Flip
Embrace
Bond
Tumble
The clothes in the dryer do what we no longer do.

Evie Groch
6/16/2016

Evie 2016

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“Summer Nights” by Jay S. Zimmerman

Summer Nights

Hot streets, drumming barrels, melting tar, dancing feet
Summer
Nights
Harmonies
Laughter
Summer
Bullets
Ringing
Death
Summer
Hot dancing feet, melting tar streets, barrels drumming

Jay S. Zimmerman
6/15/2016

Jay Zimmerman

“Entwined” by Tyrean Martinson

Entwined

at five am awake,
we
hear
spring
birdsong.
we
curl
into
communion.
we
awake at five am

our legs entwined
with
lusty
sleep
cycles
with
rhythmic
night-time
movements
with
our legs entwined

when the alarm calls
we
squeeze
one
more
we
moment
before
releasing
we
when the alarm calls

I blush when he gives me a paper rose,
smile
with
his
knowing
smile
that
blooms
warm
smile
when I blush, he gives me a paper rose

Tyrean Martinson
6/5/2016

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“Green Boots” by Issa M. Lewis

Green Boots
After the unidentified climber on the Northeast ridge route of
Mount Everest

I.

The mountain’s only gift is

cold
face
breath
sharp
cold
feet
numb
fingers
cold

is the mountain’s only gift.

II.

When air is not air,

oxygen
comes
in
bottles
oxygen
fills
you
drink
oxygen

when air is not air.

III.

Up there in the snow, you lost your name.

You
slept
frozen
waiting
you
became
your
boots
you

you lost your name up there in the snow.

Issa M. Lewis
6/2/2016

me

Two Skinnys in June by Shirley Jones-Luke

Re-admittance

Mom was hospitalized due to elevated blood pressure.
Heart
beat
pounding
fears
heart
heavy
pushing
worry
heart
Due to elevated blood pressure mom was hospitalized.

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Blackout

Teachers of color are being forced out of public schools.
Black
skin
rising
anger
black
eyes
shedding
tears
black
Teachers of color are being forced out of public schools.

Shirley Jones-Luke
6/1/2016

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