FLEDGLING- Issue One (07/19/2020)
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Written by Jessica Kim
every morning we sit
in front of a bowl of alphabet soup
pondering over which letters
to eat. should we eat the ones
which spell out our names for us,
when we do not even know
how to read? we are still
spoonfed on high chairs,
crunching on the remains
of identity. we outgrow letters,
instead eating words:
always craving for more than
a mouthful. and soon they dissolve
in the esophagus, leaving us
choking on the remnants
of childhood. we have tasted the bitter
sweet libation of poetry, the subtlety
that no one looks twice at,
devouring a couplet while crumbs
trickle into the crevices
left by the twenty-six letters
of the alphabet
that grows inside us.
Author Bio: Jessica Kim is a poet based in Los Angeles, California. Her works appear or are forthcoming inNational Poetry Quarterly, Eunoia Review, Clover & White, Perhappened, and many more. She loves all things historical and sour.
Written by Grace Nask
Sometimes, when the world becomes too much on the
Inside, it all comes out. I lean over the toilet bowl on
My knees, hair pressing against my sweaty skin, and
Retch it away.
It comes out into the water--the
Vomit the tears the sweat the laughter the breathless nothing that
Escalates into everything, the yellow-brown poetry. All of it pours
Gritty and sticky from my mouth
Into the bowl. I taste it over again, every memory, every moment leading
To this bitter renewal.
Please, don’t ever let the words “I am alone” flow
Out of your mouth, because here I am,
Heart and soul all yours,
Spewed out onto the page.
Author Bio: Grace Nask is a Hufflepuff who wishes she could turn into a cat. She will be attending the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference in the fall and will also have two poems titled “The Power of the Sun” and “Twinkle, Little Star, Until You Fade Out” published by Down in the Dirt Literary Magazine in December. One could learn more about her by visiting her website at https://gracenask.wixsite.com/books and her WattPad (under Grace Nask) and Facebook (as Grace Nask’s Books and Manuscripts) profiles.