Running a Tab by Christian Hanz Lozada

When Brown Dad dies, I will have debt because he spent his life accumulating it never knowing how to pay it back. The degrees I have earned were paid for with his money because “Lolo paid for mine. This is how I pay him back.” The Rolex on my wrist was his hand-me-down because he … Read moreRunning a Tab by Christian Hanz Lozada

We Dare, They Rise by Laila E. Dreidame

and our ancestors weep and they scream as those who fear them most attempt to disseminate their legacies repudiating the sacredness and autonomy of our human vessels for souls of fallen angels and reincarnated warriors those relentlessly plotting and orchestrating measures to colonize and claim stake over our flesh and bones are the same ones … Read moreWe Dare, They Rise by Laila E. Dreidame

Dirty Words by Vincente Perez

Mixed is a dirty word. A constant reminder of two separate things forced together. A bastardization of purity.  Did you know you split me in half  every time you utter that word? Disoriented Essence/less I have to ask myself Which part of me was thrown in First? Diaspora or kinship Kinky hair/light skin Better yet … Read moreDirty Words by Vincente Perez

The Earth Keepers By Ariel Perez

Deep in the earth Under dirt and falsehoods We waited For our mothers For our Fathers For light We could smell rain seeping through The warmth of the sun And the stale air of time passing Just out of reach We screamed While you prayed You thanked your god for the land you live on … Read moreThe Earth Keepers By Ariel Perez

When the Waves Crash and the Candlelight Flickers by Claudio Yurdadön

Shadows grow and wane  Like radish seeds and lemon trees Like your vines exploring my skin The wind swaying along the shore I hear the stomps and the skids The boom and the crash  The vibration of decay Of a beautiful facade A taste gone sour  Aphids on its leaves  Rot within its roots  A … Read moreWhen the Waves Crash and the Candlelight Flickers by Claudio Yurdadön

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