poetry

Closing Time

Closing Time

By: Melissa Martin   The ant tip-tap-toes his way up the slanty pages, each page set slightly closer to the book’s dimple than the one beneath it creating perfect little ant-sized stepping stairs.   Perhaps he was daunted when he started up these stairs not knowing there was an end, seeing only a slanty incline, […]

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Sacred Space

Sacred Space

Listen to me perform this poem here: Can we be your sacred space? Not just a cozy home on a winter night Not just the coolest kickback spot of the summer but where we listen to your screams and cries because they are louder to us than the crunch of fall leaves and your voice […]

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To Church

To Church

There was a time I didn’t dread going to church.   The carpet would dot my knees with peaks and valleys, unnoticed vexations of genuflection left until the service’s conclusion, testaments to my concentration’s depth. Then I would explore the irritated indents, pocked flesh piles of dried currants, with the pad of my pointer finger. […]

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Spring Sonnet-ish

Spring Sonnet-ish

Happy World Poetry Day! Meet us at the Student Union March 22 from 2-4:45p! On the first day of spring I was given flowers Though darkness that day would bring That was its sweetest hour Sunshine kissed the sky Though I had lost my favorite kiss The colors of each petal shined so bright I […]

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2017’s National Book Award Winners

2017’s National Book Award Winners

The National Book Foundation awarded various National Book awards on November 15, 2017. The National Book Awards are given to one author each year in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. There were 1,529 works submitted for review. 394 were in fiction, 553 in nonfiction, 245 in poetry and 337 in young […]

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His Jacket

His Jacket

I present the newest anthem for everyone who feels lonely right now.  Cry with me as you read my new poem. “His Jacket” Among the great symbols of high school drama is the jacket When a girl dons one of these giant plushy things and the jacket his not hers It is a sign that […]

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The Great Pumpkin Waltz

The Great Pumpkin Waltz

Here’s a poem for today The Great Pumpkin Waltz A gust of cool wind blows through the air along a path of trees Their looming branches getting caught in the breeze Pairs of leaves fall off in innumerable waves Journeying across the sky catching the sunlight flying to their destination on the ground Each gust is […]

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So Long by Zara Laghari

So Long by Zara Laghari

For some insight into Zara’s inspiration and writing journey, check out her interview here! So Long by Zara Scorched me with your heat Yet before always so cold and cruel Though I surrendered every June in defeat I’d much rather have been in school All of a sudden you changed your wicked ways You made […]

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Zara Laghari, Author in the Making

Zara Laghari, Author in the Making

Just before Spring Break, I had the opportunity to interview author and poet Zara Laghari, a sophomore here at UNC Charlotte. Lenny: Okay, so tell me about your background – what’s your major, how long have you been here at UNC Charlotte, where did you grow up? Zara: Well, I consider myself a Charlotte native […]

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The Death of Originality: High School

The Death of Originality: High School

I’ve written so many essays my thoughts just bleed together. There isn’t a single new formation or structure in them anymore. I miss my pen just hitting paper, the swirl of ink coinciding with the streams of unconscious from my brain. I can’t remember the last time I wrote for the soul of my being, or put it […]

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