To my father, who is learning.
This poem draws from a really difficult time in my life where I felt many emotions associated with grief.
This piece is a reflection on estrangement from one’s culture while being a person of mixed race.
From close proximity, the speaker observes how the boys she knows intimately face daily obstacles in a world full of heavy systemic institutions.
A poem written about the author, who hates writing about themselves.
While I haven’t been able to forgive the person nor fully move on, this poem acts as a goal of mine: feeling prideful and unashamed about what happened.
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I think it’s the pattern of my family to think no one understands me because my reaction to grief is to wish I could be in a white sterile room, to wish I had a great wind surrounding me that could push everything else away.
I used this personal statement to apply to college this year. I talk about my journey with finding where I belong as a creative.
On April 14th, 2012, Leila Ambrosino was seen for the very last time. A body was found days later. Lucas Benton was charged with her murder. Years later, the truth comes out.
A look at what I hide, even from those closest to me, and why.
Collage poetry unlocks ideas and feelings that live below the surface. The words guide me into the creation of the poems as I am being pulled by an external force.
I wanted to explore the literal meaning behind overused phrases and metaphors, such as “pools of light,” “it was like time had frozen,” and “it felt like flying.”
Pulled from pensive thoughts about pasts and existence, we found ourselves letting go through “Two Kids.”
Tess Nealon Raskin’s short screenplay VACATIONLAND takes place over the course of a day and tells the love story of a troubled housewife and her husband as he frets over his decision to lobotomize her.