Her fingers caress her crippled bow. Liquid melodies, once electrified, now dip and wobble. A broken cadence liberates a disconsonant girl.
– Preethi Kannan
Her sister dies at age three. She lives. Red empty eyes. Two years later she is three: “when i get leukemia”
– Phoebe Klett
I saw it across the intersection.
7 digits. 4 seats. 1 person.
Once home, now foreign; I pass without a wave.
– Noelle Cassier
Digging with knuckles white and cheeks red, the knot in her stomach tightens as does her hand around the shovel’s shaft.
– Maddie Sparrow
Born without a family, taken in by strangers. By graduation they were her mother, father, three younger siblings, and her home.
– Lily Kaye
Grandma’s been forgetful,
shouting across the room:
“Yuanzhong, where’s my remote?”
“Did you see my glasses?”
Never a response.
– Lancer Li
Somewhere between worlds, the ferry glides smoothly into the night. Its sole passenger
watches as city lights fade, replaced by darkness.
– Josh Coopersmith
Crunching leaves the reds and golds. Who to be when I am old. Did I really drink all of that wine?
– Sam Meyers
Help wanted: Manual labor. Must be able to lift up to 250 pounds of dead weight. Paid in cash. Email only.
– Greta Chen
From my window I watch him walk, open the box. He pauses. The mail is on the ground. He is crying.
– Anthony Cardellini
Twas raining and she was hungry but didn’t do candlelit for one. She swiped right and made a table for two.
– Sophia Parvizi-Wayne
Another workday at the library. Cameras watching, I discreetly sneak “The Matrix” from Sci-Fi to Documentary. I need others to know.
– Mabelle Zhang
He teased her
Slipped under her blanket
And lingered at her ear until she turned.
Tonight, the mosquito left her alone.
– Tiffany Mei
A man sits, watching the painting’s empty frame. Illusion shines upon the edges, golden dust. Pity him, though he sees all.
– Joe Haston
Terminal velocity. He waited to meet the harsh ground. Suddenly, gasping awake. You never get to finish the best dreams.
– Emery Jenson
“I can’t believe I fell for this again, I keep coming back thinking it will be better” -self-reflections at the gym.
– Francesca Maglione
Dear dude I dumped, Why are you surprised I left? You loved your abs more than you loved me! Wishing you the worst, Your ex
– Lucy Zheng