Poem: Baking for Him

Written by Manika Harikumar. Trigger Warning: Abuse One cup of flour I want you to be safe, he said, when he gave me an 8 P.M. curfew One half cup of sugar We only need each other, he said, when he cu…

Poem: Beautiful Skin

When I was in the fifth grade, My mama used to tell me I had Beautiful skin— I didn’t believe her. My skin was awkward and heavy, As though it belonged to someone else. I had skin that stretched…

Poem: Poems of Divine Birth

Written by Mariam Habib.   in poems of divine birth i found truth, unbounded. a knowledge that can’t be prisoned in the worldly minds of worldly beings. it lives in love and stardust, in the crim…

Poem: Salt

Written by Mariam Habib. salt pt. 1 i found fire within me wild. ignited. untamed. and unleashed. its warmth gave me shelter its light touched my skin and i have been glowing ever since – m.h.   …

Poem: Immigrant

Written by Mariam Habib.   i asked my mother, what is our story i only ever had pieces of identity to salvage sentence fragments— of too many words to fit on one page of detachment and diaspora d…

Poem: Don’t Look at Me

If I were a painting, I could maybe understand Your desire to stand before me and strip Me down until you are satisfied with the Judgments you have made about me, as though You are an expert on what i…

Poem: Swimming in Snow

Dad can’t stand the cold He wasn’t meant for trudging through snow He was meant for swimming He swam all his life when he was younger He would choke on a sea [I don’t know the name o…

Poem: Minority

Submitted by Anonymous.  Three labels I wear like silken brocade. You’ve designated them, I believe, “minority.” Count up their numbers, in billions, no less: 3.5, 1.6, 1.3. Minority?   Next to A…