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Watch Me Now by Mahvash Irshad | International Women’s Day Celebration

You stole the rainbow from my sky, trimmed my wings and chained my legs. You painted long nights in my eyes that were full of sunlight and bright grins. You clapped on hearing cracks in my bones. You tore my skin and let me bleed. Now watch me as I show you how lone warriors… Continue reading Watch Me Now by Mahvash Irshad | International Women’s Day Celebration

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Mona Lisa by Becca Harrington | International Women’s Day Celebration

I won’t be painted by men’s intruding eyes and loan my body to a gaze unwanted. My mind, my eyes, my thighs, a crimson decision, protested with signs that say: ‘I won’t stop until this decision is mine’. I won’t be quiet so you can be comfortable, and live in a world created to fetishise… Continue reading Mona Lisa by Becca Harrington | International Women’s Day Celebration

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The Blood Ballad by Lucy Whalen | International Women’s Day Celebration

I once knew a young girl, Who bled, like all others, At 12 her path unfurled, Branded: mark of mothers.   The future not her choice, Never hers to control:   No woman gets a voice - Red rivers drown them whole.   Red tags in shop windows, Rounded mannequins smile, For their blood they… Continue reading The Blood Ballad by Lucy Whalen | International Women’s Day Celebration

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The earth said: ‘remember’ by Lou Hecht

The earth said: ‘remember.’ Remember what? I would have asked Remember the moments that made me soar, high as a kite Butterflies pour from my teeth when I speak of them   Maybe remember the moments that made me cry that smashed the intangible object that is me Now more than ever before   Or… Continue reading The earth said: ‘remember’ by Lou Hecht

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be gentle by Liv Chalmers

don’t let him bend the spine of your book you deserve preservation. no folded corners, your pages are fragile; you do not deserve to be read in indignation. This poem features in the collector's edition of Liv's debut poetry collection 'serendipity'. Check out Liv's website for all the details of how to purchase her collections:… Continue reading be gentle by Liv Chalmers

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beachside caravan park by Beth Phillips

ocean dances like the dirt bike on ridgacre road, lustful and longing and silent at noon.   ocean pulls at my feet, collecting heavy steps and heartbreak for children to play with.   ocean watches parents argue over where the wind catcher should go, whose turn is it to collect change, who will end up… Continue reading beachside caravan park by Beth Phillips

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You Forgot Who You Were When Our Table Lost a Chair by Summer Young

We sat at the table with clean plates the lamp flickered as though    mourning Benjamin Franklin or taking the time to praise him    and house mouse was not afraid to run across your patent shoes   neither of you sure why both are here   On Christmas day I gifted you  with a… Continue reading You Forgot Who You Were When Our Table Lost a Chair by Summer Young

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Offer by Juan Bautista Correa

I don't have much to offer, only two restless eyes, all the music I’ve heard and a great hunger for life and understanding.   I can't give you more because I don’t have it. I haven't earned  the right to have it.   I must admit, I don't like when I’m wrong, I hate the… Continue reading Offer by Juan Bautista Correa

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Immortal fruit by Sophia Georghiou

This summer we’ve lost each other in healthy heat. I hang about all day straining the flesh of my apple to its core and singing to you through its juice. Whilst holding on to young weight I poke my arse in the air, let myself labour in your lap like a puppy that’s found something… Continue reading Immortal fruit by Sophia Georghiou