Act, Exist, Fade

John Dossey   to act is to be real and wave your hands, showing the world how real you are to act is to have others who are willing to be real alongside you, waving and screaming “we are here,…

Growth

Nathan Cornell (Greensboro, NC) The failed exposition; hereafter Pocketing ‒ praying ‒ pining For salvation; for rapture in Anybody ‒ anywhere ‒ anything To make it easier: cover the wound; Silence ‒subdue ‒ survive The fascination; obsess over the Passion…

Queer as in Disabled

Bill Pappas (Chapel Hill/Carborro/Boone/Asheville, NC) (author’s note: I am writing this in response to my anonymous piece “Human Illumination Virus” from last issue. I can no longer remain in the shadow of stigma and therefore I choose to be stronger.…

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Robert Braxton (Crystal River, Florida) It was a time and place no one wanted to be. No one knew if it would be you or me. The loss of friends, I could have been a lost friend too. Some said…

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Anonymous I had my right hand on the steering wheel while my left had just laid next to my side. I could feel the right side of my car driving off the pavement. I could hear the rocks hitting the…

Family Fears

Sean Trull (Greensboro, NC) Personally, I struggle with acting out. Not because I’m uncomfortable, or because I’m in any physical danger, but because I’m afraid of judgment. Even when I know that yes, now I need to act out, now…

Restless Thoughts

Walt Rakestraw (Greensboro, NC) Love is very strange, If you search, You can’t find it, If you leave it be, It will find you, Everyone wants “Love”, And everyone expects others to find “Love”, It’s a way of life, But…

The Perfect Imperfect Love

Shawn Tyler Hardin (Greensboro, NC) One looks upon the rose And cannot but help To admire it’s beauty And one cannot help But to want that rose To pick and cherish it Not a soul in the world Would not…