I Never Told You
there was another suicide attempt
another suicide attempt. there. was.
A Year Later
You swallowed pills down the pipe of your throat
Down the pipe of your throat, you swallowed pills
Elizabeth Mercurio’s chapbook, Doll is forthcoming from Lily Poetry Review Books in January of 2020. She earned an MFA in poetry from The Solstice Low-Residency Program of Pine Manor College. Her work has appeared in, Third Point Press, Philadelphia Stories, The Skinny Poetry Journal, The Literary Nest, Fledgling Rag, and Lily Poetry Review.
Coming soon to Cherry Castle Publishing
The Skinny Poetry Anthology–yes, yes:
“It may be hard to imagine that 11-line poems, with nine of those lines being just one word, exude power. No need to imagine, though, because you will find poems of power in The Skinny Poetry Anthology, edited by award-winning poet Truth Thomas. Evocative and profound, these poems meet racism, white supremacy, war, homophobia, domestic violence, immigrant abuse, the prison industrial complex, and grief head on. The vulnerability will cause you to gasp. The transformation and redemption will shake your soul. With poets such as Maura Alia Badji, Brian Gilmore, Debasis Mukhopadhyay, Jimmie Smith Jr., and Rashida James-Saadiya leading the way, this collection offers the combination of fist-raising and compassion our world desperately needs right now.”
– Carmen Calatayud, author of In the Company of Spirits
Only $15.99 @ Cherry Castle Publishing
Cover Design by Cory Thomas
Book Layout by David Saunier
Rep. Elijah Cummings challenged America to live up to its noble promise. That challenge has not fallen with his passing. It lives on in the moral authority of his legacy–and the love-propelled social justice work it inspires. – Truth Thomas
It brings me great joy to spread the news about a new book soon to bless the American literary canon–Frank Thomas Rosen’s auschwitz of the digital age. In an online world, where the spirit of alt-right/neo-Nazi-like hatred grows more vociferous in its daily articulations, it is good to see a reverence for all humanity expressed to counter it. Creatively and thoughtfully, ftr does just that in this new collection, and a great deal more. – Truth Thomas
Coming to the Castle 11/29/2019 auschwitz of the digital age and other poems (new cognitive poetry) by Frank Thomas Rosen – cover design: David Saunier, drawings by Frank Thomas Rosen
auschwitz of the digital age is a bracing book that casts a sidelong glance at contemporary American life, bearing witness to the failure of the grand experiment in democracy. Rosen doesn’t shy away from the quotidian horrors of 21st century America: racism, gun violence, opioid addiction, the healthcare crisis, pollution, our dependence on the news cycle and digital technology—which he catalogues with measured, concrete language. This “east-german poet / tasting the bark of / american poetic diction” is both immigrant and exile, a clear-eyed observer of our “brief american eternity” in which we all find ourselves raising “a beer glass of blood” to the new American hero, “the kid that drew the fire.” —Stephan Delbos, author of Light Reading
Only $15.99 – Pre-Order your copy today
at Cherry Castle Publishing
Rekaya Gibson is a freelance writer and author. She has contributed content for Amtrak, HuffPost, Writer’s Digest Books, and several lifestyle magazines. She also has written and published seven books in multiple genres which include tales about magical foods, social media, and colorism. In her spare time, she hosts the “Black Girls Talk Sports Podcast.” Gibson resides in Virginia.
The Arctic is on fire
The Arctic is on fire
The Amazon is on fire
The Amazon is on fire
Maura Alia Badji
Maura Alia Badji is a poet/writer/ESL teacher. Her writing has appeared in Aeolian Harp, The Delaware Review, Pirene’s Fountain, The Buffalo News, The Phoenix Soul, Liberated Muse, Cobalt, The Wise Woman, WELTER, The Good Men Project, This City Is a Poem, Barely South Review, and many other notable journals. Maura lives in Virginia Beach, with her son, Ibrahim.
Larry Walker and others nobly High Post for equality in Howard County Public Schools. #aacrsupportsuperplan #defendtheplan #separateremainsunequal
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Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100
for the 43 members of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local l00, working at the Windows on the World restaurant, who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center