Poem: Survivor

Written by Jasmine Ariff.   As I looked up the sky, time ticking to eleven fifty nine, In the deep canopy the sizzling fireworks started, with a thousand lights and a whooping blast, Smiles, chee…

Poem: Playground

Written by Fay Abdulle.    Come my love Permit our demons to breathe some fresh air They have been closeted in our cavities for so long   Darling, Can our fiends play under the withering moo…

Poem: Menses

I lived as an infant and became a child   I roamed freely in my body And evolved when I was not ready   Outside the flowers bloomed and spring begun And that morning, as I went to the bathro…

Poem: So…

Trigger Warning: Abuse — So… when they asked “Why did you leave?” I said So… He was a bit abusive Not too much. Just twisted my arms A few times, Hit a bit too hard A few times But he made…

Poem: Les(sin)s Taught

Trigger warning for sexual abuse. — My grandfather was my teacher His lessons focused on teaching me how to make O’s with cigarette smoke and pray He’d warn me the only way to fail is if I don’t…