Nirvana by Melissa Watkins Starr

The dolls in Mary’s basement do not dream of little girls’ precocious imaginations to plan their evenings or run shrieks of pins through their ears. What relief to lie silent, moldy undisturbed among eggbeaters and corkscrews with naked Ken who never sees bad hair cuts green ears wrinkled gowns. Barbie knows he’s easy, laid back, […]

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King of Equality By Edward W. Lull

His legacy was Georgia-born, and preaching was his call. His message was a simple one: equality for all. At first his voice was heard by just the faithful of his flock. Was “equal rights for all” the key to racial bonds unlock? He led the marches through the South for justice to prevail. But often […]

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A Small Poem by Katherine M. Gotthardt

Fruit fly on a slice of thin toast, hard-to-read font (Times, I think), a puppy’s eyelash, the one-inch Buddha on my desk— we’re operating in small today. The freckle on my knuckle, the blanket lint on my pants, the birds’ distant dialogue, and politics. It’s all small. It’s all in the eye of the beholden: […]

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Hap by Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928)

If but some vengeful god would call to me From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing, Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy, That thy love’s loss is my hate’s profiting!” Then would I bear it, clench myself, and die, Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited; Half-eased in that a Powerfuller than […]

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