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Die If You Must by Kevin Bryan Smith

[tabby title="Poem"] Poetryis goodfor nothing except drawing soul from insidethrough your fingers—and breath from a high, tensing chestthrough whispering lips— into a kingdom that was notuntil you spilled it all out,into andbetween the lines. Did you read the fine print,before...

Poet Profile: Rasheed Copeland

Rasheed Copeland is a native of Washington, DC. He is the author of The Book of Silence: Manhood As a Pseudoscience (Sergeant Press, 2015) and is a recipient of 2016 and 2017 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship...

Seratonin by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] You reach across the forlorn bed and grasp nothing.You’re lovelorn, lost, languishing, despondent.Everything feels futile in that empty moment. But you can fill the gaping voidwith booze, Netflix binges and chocolate.Self-medicate with anything that will sluice the Seratonin....

College Admissions by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] The rich like to lecture you about meritocracywhile they slip fat stacks of greasy bills into the handsof corrupt admissions officers at elite universities. The rich like to lecture you about hard workwhile you put in grueling 12-hour...

Lost and Searching by Joseph S. Pete

[tabby title="Poem"] At age seventeen, I smoked a million cigarettes,sucked down a million coffin nails in acute sorrow,wandered lost and lonely down desolate trails,wondered if my life would ever be less raw and painful. At age seventeen, I bummed around...