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Mangoes

Unripe fruit hangs heavy on these branches untouchable and bitter as tears in a throat, unswallowed. Still, the sun kisses what can never be sweet and will never seed anything but anger, forests of it. Advertisements

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Survivors

There is choice.  We can die from the shame of what is done to us.  We can wear the names like letters branded into our skin and quietly disappear, become the nothings they say we are, banished and vanished, or we … Continue reading

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The Rape Joke

Oh.  My.  God.  This is pure pain,    http://www.theawl.com/2013/07/rape-joke-patricia-lockwood

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past imperfect, present imperative

for all of them If she were cut, if those had been  knives and not penises penetrating, if those were bruises and not black magic marker scrawling who was there on her tits as if she wore a wall for graffiti … Continue reading

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V is for Violence and Violation

By Noel Ihebuzor and Susan Daniels You return always to your ritual Of force, foaming like fits of fury Heart of steel, to stages of stone, long assumed gone, Dormant but dominant Clenched fists of metal rusting Behind its lustre of … Continue reading

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Red shawl dance

Stand up when they dance in jingle dresses for healing red shawls brush earth to remember blood bright as red ocher our sisters gave back hold hands and stand for women who laid down but got up again and the ones … Continue reading

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basic biology

in those health class diagrams gametes (those two halves of a whole) will meet and meld given the chance uncaring of circumstance those eggs & that sperm incapable of consent, & yes, innocent & intent in their division not so us, … Continue reading

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