Rep. Elijah Cummings – Giant of Integrity and the Focus Forward

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

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Frank Thomas Rosen’s “auschwitz of the digital age” — talking about love.

auschwitz of the digital age by frank thomas rosen

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

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“Vintage Pigskin” by Rekaya Gibson

Vintage Pigskin

Inflated bladder
sails
through
the
sky
sails
until
halftime
fans
sail,
bladders inflated.

Rekaya Gibson
9/19/2019

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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.

“Neo-Nero Fiddles” by Maura Alia Badji

Neo-Nero Fiddles

I.
The Arctic is on fire
melting
bones
Politicians
drone
Melting
glaciers
Starving
nature
Melting
The Arctic is on fire

II.
The Amazon is on fire
Genocide
Global
lungs
ablaze
Genocide
politics
Indigenous
rage
Genocide
The Amazon is on fire

Maura Alia Badji
9/21/2019

Maura Alia Badji is a poet/writer/ESL teacher.  Her writing has appeared in Aeolian HarpThe Delaware Review, Pirene’s Fountain, The Buffalo NewsThe 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.

“I Miss the Wind” by Sanjyokta Deshmukh


I Miss the Wind

Childhood went by so fast like
wind-
whistles
past
me.
Wind.
Must
have
been.
Wind,
so fast like childhood, went by.

Sanjyokta Deshmukh
8/26/2019

Sanjyokta (Yukta) Deshmukh is a British-Indian writer currently studying a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing in the United Kingdoms. She predominantly writes poetry, but is actively trying to expand her literary arsenal and experiment with genre. Her writing often attempts to understand the world around her as she enters adulthood.

“Fvck You Dan” by Regina Guarino

Fvck You Dan

The night the lights went out
Fist
in
the
wall
Fist
in
my
face
Fist
Went out, the lights, the night

Regina Guarino
7/31/2019

Regina Guarino is the author of Words Matter: Prayers to Heal a Feminist Soul. Stockton University’s Shore Thing Writing Getaway, for which she was a scholarship recipient, inspired these poems. Regina Guarino has been teaching English as a Second Language for many years in Wilmington, Delaware.