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she came home by W.M. Butler

she came home with claws and teeth exposed marrow leaking out her toes her spine jutting out like shipwrecked sunshine bending at the knee she removed her panties in front of the tv the weather channel predicted clouds coasting from coast to coast raining on parades and fairgrounds tearing down for the holidays “forgive” i said and she…

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Just Another Sad Love Song by Melissa Kemp

January 1. Earthquake, Magnitude 6.9, Argentina; Earthquake Magnitude 5.2 Southern Xinjiang, China. I just get warm. A blizzard outside. New Year’s day food—collard greens for money, chittlins and black-eyed peas for luck. I’m lucky already. A manfriend was the first to cross my door step. The year will be lucky. The earth is shaking. Maybe it’s still partying from…

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Leaf Heads by James Bezerra

Wouldn’t it be weird if we lived in a world where – instead of growing leaves – trees grew tiny heads that could talk? But the heads had the same life cycle as leaves? So, at first, the trees sprout tiny baby heads and those heads just cry all the time. So, if you leave…

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Sincerity by S.P. MacIntyre

Abandoning sincerity and his hopes for success, the pop singer wrote a catchy but asinine song in a fit of spite and anger to mock the musical tastes of the listening public, featuring a melody as infectious as it was repetitive, which sounded like this: I-V-vi-IV. The song became a hit, captivating everyone except one…