Poetry

Late to the party by Darcy Isla

We amputate our pleasure when it becomes rotten with pain Put new harnesses in rotation to hang prettily with our new selves carded like new linen mutual in blank modernity slippery, we lack salt though we have excavated deeply hoping to adopt an overdue retirement of sentiment Darcy Isla (she/they) is a queer writer-performer based… Continue reading Late to the party by Darcy Isla

Poetry

Naked Butterfly by Miss Kanishka

Eternally, morning is the starter, Noon's the course, Night's the dessert... Perhaps they're bonded afar, It shall be the first touch to colour the art! Dark room and shattered gaze, Ardent languor pouring down his face... He summoned her lascivious self; Placing the cushion on the mirror shelf, Slowly Inclining her backwards He lingered on… Continue reading Naked Butterfly by Miss Kanishka

Poetry

Transcendence by Iona Stuart

I dreamt about snow and cataclysm; Of hopes shattering like glass, Falling like stardust upon the mountain heads. I dreamt of metal; Of titanium bars cracking the fragile surface of yellow bone, Infecting the core with their metallic presence. I dreamt of time piercing pale flesh; Of needles and razors, and blood Seeping from all… Continue reading Transcendence by Iona Stuart

Poetry

Meditative Thoughts by Rachael Holmes

Inhale the bitter cold, Burning my cheeks, Inflamed, blushing, In pulsing thought. Exhale warmth, Watch it dance in a mist, Before succumbing To the seductive breeze. A relaxing zephyr Becomes intrusive. Meditation demands The mutually exclusive: Reflect and dismiss the abyss. The mind settles, though actively seeks, To breathe memories, I refuse to release. This… Continue reading Meditative Thoughts by Rachael Holmes

Poetry

Beauty of a Goddess by Chiara Scaduto

Beauty of a goddess: Silky, sunset golden hair Smooth, porcelain skin Rose petal flushed cheeks. This you pursue. This you chase. Divine paradigm of beauty. Aphrodite you seek to be, Beautiful Goddess of Love. Yet no love is there for ‘Me’, Me, the girl looking back With celestial eyes, When mirror in hand Dissection begins,… Continue reading Beauty of a Goddess by Chiara Scaduto

Poetry

I Can’t Breathe by Sunanda Shome

“I can’t breathe”, he said. Over and over again. The words have been suffocating me. They were muffled, they came out as gasps, and then they stopped. These very words have been repeated a million times in a million different ways, haven’t they? Can we not hear? Or did we stop listening? Do you know… Continue reading I Can’t Breathe by Sunanda Shome

Advice

Different Ways to Create Conflict

Conflict is necessary to give depth to your characters and obstacles for them to overcome in the plot. This ensures that your readers will stay excited through the whole narrative and take it on twists and turns that they won't expect or that challenge whether the story will go the way they think. There are… Continue reading Different Ways to Create Conflict

Poetry

Call from the Ocean by Alexandra Vick | Pride Month

For Serena On the seashore she sang Her heart pouring into the ocean Powerful air whipping breath into salty sea spray No end and no beginning The beach holds tales told by her sandy toes As they sink into her warm embrace Broken shells gently crunch under those familiar feet Weaving back into salt dust… Continue reading Call from the Ocean by Alexandra Vick | Pride Month

Poetry

Acid Attack Survivor – A Rose Phoenix by Aparna | Pride Month

Bowing down to her inner strength, furious sufferings, didn't dare to scare her Acknowledging her continuous strive to breathe, once antagonist soul, then started to support her Knowing her deep desire to smile again, flow of sorrowful tears surrendered before her Agreeing to her decision for living more, all her wounds kept healing,to help her… Continue reading Acid Attack Survivor – A Rose Phoenix by Aparna | Pride Month