Community No. 43

KEVIN R. FARRELL, JR.

Kevin R. Farrell, Jr. is an artist, poet, and educator who observes the world from the backseat of a runaway car low on gas. His visions are a last-ditch effort at connecting before time runs out.

Title: Is Poetry Not Dead?
First Line(s):

There’s a bottomless pit
where aspirations wreck like ships.

Tangled in safety nets,
wrapped up in a symbiotic milieu.

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Genre: Poetry
Journal: Visitant Lit

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Title: Welcome
First Line(s):

I pulled out a holy water gun
at a neighbors pool party

and pressed it to my temple
demanding to speak to god,

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Genre: Poetry
Journal: Yes, Poetry

 


JASMINE LEDESMA

Jasmine Ledesma is a twenty-year-old writer living in the gush of New York. Her poetry has been published in the Carson Review, Not Very Quiet, Typishly. She was chosen as poet of the week by Poetry Highway and recently interviewed by Cathexis Northwest Press.

Title: Someday, I Wanna Wear a Starry Crown.

First Line(s):

I am lying on a gurney in the back of an ambulance on the way to an upstate psychiatric hospital. It stinks like the middle school nurse’s office I walked into once, bleeding across my arms. Like gauze and thermometers. My body has been strapped down because I’m a danger to myself, at least according to the doctors in the emergency room. I am propped up like an animal learning how to act human. Through the back door windows, I can see the sky. Blue as ash.

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Genre: Nonfiction
Publication Date: August 29, 2019
Journal: For Women Who Roar

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Title: Amused, Ambushed
First Line(s):

I shed myself twice a year.
I’m as big as I want to be.
Homemade weirdo.

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: October 25, 2019
Journal: Into The Void

 


GABRIEL MUNDO

Gabriel Mundo has been published in various online and print journals. He was raised in Illinois and is currently a student at Carroll University in Wisconsin. In 2019, he served as Poetry Editor for Portage Magazine. You can follow him on Instagram where he posts more poetry @gabrielmundo.

Title: (see: me)
First Line(s):

I once heard a man (see: white)

say that when a beaner is born

Lady Liberty locks the door.

He was laughing until he saw me.

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: August 30, 2019
Journal: Tint Journal

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Title: The Book Smuggler’s Den
First Line(s):

During summer
we stole the fruit
from our neighbor’s
lemon tree and wished
they were oranges

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Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: November 27, 2019
Journal: The Book Smuggler’s Den

 

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