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Keep

By Molly Dunn When I think of my grandmother, I think of smoke. She always had a Parliament dangling from her mouth like an ornament. Her house was perpetually filled with smoke, a constant film noir in the middle of Timmins. When I was a teenager, I would visit her house and collect the smell […]

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Home Can Be a Stranger Too

By Maria Kotob Mama and Baba have a place to call home,where jasmines bloom at the sight of the sun,and cedar trees built mountains.Cigarette smoke filled our lungs, but we never complained. My roots are in this home.Deep under the layers of laughter and cries,under the cups of Turkish coffee at sunset,my roots remain. I never […]

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Chalk

By Tannaaz Zaraineh We go on long drives in the summer heat, An arm around my shoulder. While we’re Watching the sun set, alone, you ask questions, nudging me to give answers that never escaped my mouth. When you’re tired of toying with the discomfort, you grab the water and pour. Droplets turn to waterfalls […]

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A Crisis Visual

By Sophia Kostanski Fire paints Pollock lines ’til traces of little life run out. Red does not hold back instead it takes              after cranberry juice, gushes from a fallen glass, it        drips, bloody nose, invades frames, crossing limits, they say. It’s gone too far down the Artist’s plane, they say still in […]

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20 Talismans

By T Williams 1. A Wooden Cigar Box Dad savoured each one. The box only came out on special occasions, when your grades were good or the peach tree you planted bore fruit for the first time. He’d strike a match, inhale, put his hand on your shoulder. Now you use the box to store […]