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    “#TRANSFORM” by Christina Butcher

    #Let’s break another building down and then doll it up in glitter bombs and glitz. Let’s call it #revitalized. Let’s consider the homeless #relocated. Let’s aim our art like cannons and blast #urbanrenewal all over the walls. Then we can sweep, sweep the bric-a-brac from the streets.

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    “Mixed Girls” by Lauren Hoogkamer

    Trace my skin: White and black and brown — Indescribable, I am all the colors in between. Look in my eyes: Slanted, big and small — They’re all the shapes of round. Feel my hair: It’s curly, kinky, nappy Sleek and straight and soft.

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    “Frank” by Fishspit

    Yeah, I felt like I was thrown away, tossed to the hyenas. When I experienced my first bout of mental illness at age 13, I lived in a place where mental health treatment wasn’t looked upon with favor, or not looked at in any manner. There certainly weren’t any school counselors, not like today. I’m bitter about that.

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    Peak Experience by Jack Cameron

         “Sean, we’ve all seen the videos. That incredible photo. We know the story of what happened. What we don’t know is what it was like for you. What was it like ending that rampage?”      “Let me tell you, Megan, it was a peak experience. Do you know what that means?”      Sean’s about to launch into his whole monologue about “peak experiences” like he has three times in the last week and probably hundreds of times before to freshman bar girls. Sean Harris is America’s hero. He saved my life. Three weeks ago he shot and killed the man who held a gun to my head. The gunman was Brian, a…

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    The Vector by Daniel Nash

    Running underneath an indifferent 2 p.m. sun I traverse the surface of Mars in the grip of a runner’s high. I pant hard as sweet salt dews from the unseen portals of my skin. It stings my eyes.