Stories tagged free-verse


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woke up to the sound of a diesel looked out the window to see i’m not home outta bed to see if you had called not a damn thing on my phone

The Parade Path

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Beautiful, a country left abandoned by the parade path. The soldiers that typically occupy this place, temporarily removed to neighboring lands; congregating together, backs to the native. I benefit from the accidental diversion.


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The door shuts slowly to something that’s allegedly mine and it sits there and waits until I come home just like you.

The Hollow Affronts, Internal

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And it's a tough thing to become a father, a contradiction; guiding a child to avoid the things that you know about so well.

Anxieties of Absence

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On beach trips with our families, there were bumper cars, jet skis; flash enjoyments, beach-themed distractions.


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What do I understand? What have I mastered or come to terms with?

Stone Wall

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If only I could tell where one stone ends,


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said you loved me told some jokes aren’t you dying?

Not Yeatsian

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Didn't he have like a frog No lips so speak of, and the weathered lizard Look of the frequently face-lifted?


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Pull the thread and the dancing starts, the voices jeering at your bralessness, all the men wanting you anyway, the run to the plasma bank to get tested despite your years of abstinence, your brother rooting for you to hit rock bottom, the husband you…

A poetic response

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I saw this great video, but thought the argument had holes:

Deus Ex Machina

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He rolls in unbidden across the stubble fields / Old acquaintance astride a newly booming cloud/ Under sky an alien shade of strawberries whipped/ Her watch stops ticking out the rest of her/ scheduled breathing poses

The Dock

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Row, Caps of white, A salted escape beneath reflected light. Brother, remember those old lies? I’m off to sea to make those things right, now.

We Are Bad Poets

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Fuck love :)


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But I can't help it./I am alive./Therefore, I die over/and over again/over nothing.