Monthly archives: April, 2017

On Being Woman

I am warrior, woman, flesh who swallows rigid afflictions my mother’s stout gaze the trenches of the Pico Duarte I am instigator, observer, messenger close-lipped within strummed harmonies and flushed cheeks grains of mashed plantains between portly fingers coarse like the english words laden on my mother’s tongue I am tainted lips of deceit idle …

Pennsylvania Boy

Who is Pennsylvania boy? He was nothing. Pennsylvania boy was a cute boy in my math class who didn’t matter. He was the person who wore bright colors. He talked a lot. He was friends with the pretty Hawaiian girl who I had English with. And that was that. He didn’t matter. Until he spoke. …

A Year Ago

A year ago I was empty I had ripped apart my seams until there was nothing left A year ago I was nothing The girl that had once occupied this body was nowhere to be found A year ago I yearned for death A year ago I found it A year ago I died. Today …

10 Songs To Listen To When You Want To Feel Empowered

Sometimes, we all feel a little down about ourselves. I’ve compiled a playlist of my favorite songs of empowerment sung by women to serve as a reminder of how amazing we truly are. 1. Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce “My persuasion can build a nation Endless power, with our love we can devour You’ll …

Hey Men, Women Don’t Owe You Anything

We all know how it begins. A man pays a woman attention, the woman doesn’t return said attention, and so the man becomes ballistic and switches his kind words into slurs. It’s a tale as old as time, and it’s one that I’m sure any woman will be able to empathize with. All women are …

Do You Remember?

This is for the woman who gave birth to me. Do you remember? The way your belly swelled with my soul forming. Did you sing to me? Did you ever touch your belly? Stroke it softly, maybe? Did he ever touch, ever hold you close, us close? Was it what you wanted? The child. Were …

Here is Why It Is Okay To Be A Slut

The other day, my grandfather was telling me stories about his life when he was my age. He was telling me stories about how he had been sleeping around with women he met while stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. However, afterwards, he said that any woman who has had sex with more than 2 …

Thirteen Reasons Why: A Dissection by a Mentally Ill High School Student

Trigger Warning: This op-ed article extensively mentions depression, anxiety, suicide, bullying/abuse, and sexual assault. March 31st, 2017 hallmarked a transcontinental Netflix Original Series premiere, ravaging the internet community with a tenacious mania to be enraptured by the ‘play’ button, akin to that of the foregrounded thirteen cassette tapes.  Thirteen Reasons Why—an adaptation from the Thirteen Reasons …

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