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Market Craze | Delight Chinenye Ejiaka

No one cares that you’re the best graduating student if your grad dress is trash. Last year, Fatima was roasted on 2go because she gave her valedictorian’s speech in a wrinkled white jalabiya. That will not be me; I sold my laptop for a dress. The guy at computer village cheated me, but let’s focus on…

Four Poems | Grace

Autumn Song in 4 Voices 1 On one of the last warm days / on the rez, we want 2 3 4 1 music. So, Frank puts on / a Nils Frahm record 2 as the autumn 3 4 1 The Whole Universe Wants to be Touched – 2 flies cling / to the last…

Potential For Beauty | Nelson CJ

“If you’re calling to beg for some shit in general, press 4. If you’re calling to beg for some shit, but this is that pre-call before the actual begging, press 5.” – Erykah Badu, Cel U Lar Device. Kareem had understood very early on, with a frankness that settled in his chest the way the many…

This is How I Survived | Megan Ross

“Can’t you hear what I’m saying?” I cried, my face growing hotter as my sadness boiled over into anger. “Why do none of you see what I’m going through?”   My mother was looking at me with a mix of shock and horror. Dressed only in a pair of faded granny panties and an already-stretched and…

Two Poems | Claire Pinkston

Duplex for the Pinkston Name (After Jericho Brown) My name is the first thing washed ashore. I hold still, brace myself for impact. My hands do not still, reminders of impact. My mother learned to think first with her fists. Thinking with her fists, my grandmother tore Homes apart. Shrapnel knotted in the kitchen. Shrapnel…

Accent and the Melting Pot | Chinonyelum Anyichie

Anuka Emezulike is an immigrant who arrives in the United States for her Master’s program and receives appointment to teach College English to undergraduates. Her students are young, well-behaved, eager to learn, quick to smile. They make the teaching job easy for her, make it easy to settle into the new education system. The semester…

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