“What Has Occurred” by Angela H. Dale

 

What Has Occurred

no words can describe the depth and breadth of his
hands’
callous

violation

shredded
hands
clasp
shredded
callused

hands —

her words can describe the depth and breadth of No

Angela H. Dale
2/5/2018

Written in response to Larry Nassar’s statement, “There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred,” and the testimony of 156 women at his trial.

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“Another Black History Month” by Le Hinton

Another Black History Month

Revolution [19th Century]

“any free person, who shall hereafter teach, or attempt to teach, any slave within the State to read or write… shall be liable to indictment”
Act Passed by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
at the Session of 1830—1831

To learn, we break the law.
Read
fast.
Pick
slowly.
Read,
then
hide
what’s
read.
We learn to break the law.

Sunday Morning [20th Century]

“but as I write these words now I cannot stand and sing “the National Anthem.” I have learned that I remain a black in a white world.”

                                                  Jackie Robinson

I will sit right here for now.
Blood
staining
Birmingham
glass
Blood
spinning.
Earth
soaking
blood.
For right now, I will sit here.
 
The Content of Our Color [21st Century]

Future
just a dream~
                                               brother’s
                             hands
               held
high
                                               brother’s
                              done
                bleeding
out~
                                               brothers
dream a just future

Le Hinton
2/5/2018

“The Elephant Skinny Suite” fresh from the Young Writers Workshop



Elephant Skinny

The fence flatteners, the tender nomads
walk
across
treadmill
earth
walk
bishops
down
aisles
walk
the tender nomads, the fence flatteners

Lucy Johnson
7/13/2017

Lucy Johnson is a senior at Holland Hall School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has received three Gold Keys from the Scholastic Writing Awards, and has attended The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain for three summers. Most recently, she attended the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop for poetry. She enjoys painting, music, traveling, and spending time with her dogs.

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The Poetry of  Indira Khera

the elephant rests on the castle courtyard
climbing
jungle
baby
serving
climbing
wearing
cotton
saddle
climbing
the castle courtyard rests on the elephant

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the Afghan village waited on the edge of the world
bloody
war
wandering
predestined
bloody
cause
carried
home
bloody
the world waited on the edge of the Afghan village

Indira Khera
7/13/201

Indira Khera is a high school senior at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. She is involved with both theater and performing arts at Miss Porter’s, and has won 1st place in the Edith Wharton Writing Competition, as well as receiving an Honorable Mention in the Northeast Region Scholastic Awards. Additionally, she is currently attending the Young Writer’s Workshop through the University of Virginia.

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The Poetry of Annie Li

purple moons imprinted under your eyes are wilting
your
pearls
of
ivory
your
expired
silver
flesh
your
eyes are wilting, your purple moons imprinted under

Annie Li
7/13/2017

Annie Li is a rising senior at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey and a poetry student at the UVA Young Writers Workshop. She enjoys eating greek yogurt, writing poetry, and petting dogs.

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The Side

he sits on the side
Tusks
alabaster
aching
art
Tusks
breaking
bleached
brown
Tusks
the side he sits on

Joyce Zhang
7/13/2017

Joyce Zhang is a high school student who resides in Northern California. She was on the Claremont Review’s shortlist and is a poetry student at UVA Young Writer’s Workshop. On a regular day, she can be found lounging around her house with a cup of peach tea.

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Note: This Skinny series is the literary fruit of Derrick Weston Brown’s poetry workshop, crafted at the Young Writers Workshop in the summer of 2017. The Young Writers Workshop is a six week residential Summer Creative Writing intensive at Sweet Briar College in Southwest Virginia.


Derrick Weston Brown, Young Writers Workshop