#dangerouswoman

Ariana Grande. From her beginnings on Broadway at age 13 to her Nickelodeon fame that helped launch her now-uber successful career as a pop star, no one would ever think she would be thrust into the middle of an ages-old “religious war.” However, that is exactly what did happen. On May 22, 2017, a suicide…

#insertnamehere

Another day, another murdered teen. When will we wake up and push for stronger vetting on the people to which we relinquish near-complete authority? How can we push for regulation of people from other countries for fear of terrorist attacks yet we continue to ignore the acts of domestic terrorism that are regularly taking place on our streets?  To…

#themodernheroine

The modern heroine today is transcending the “tale as old as time” princess stories that have plagued our children’s books for centuries.  From Cinderella’s future being wrapped up in her Prince Charming to Snow White’s life being saved by her true love’s kiss, young girls have been given this narrative that a man must be…

#Woke

“Exhaustion was pressing upon and overpowering her. “Good-bye- because, I love you.” He did not know; he did not understand. He would never understand. Perhaps Doctor Mandelet would have understood if she had seen him- but it was too late; the shore was far behind her, and her strength was gone. She looked into the…

An Infinite Number of Things That Are Not This

hen I arrived in Memphis, I had just dropped out of college and found a temporary sublet in a friend’s apartment on Poplar Avenue. The city felt glamorously run-down, like an Eden of the South, ravaged and plundered by Sin herself. The streets smelled of sour mash and slow-cooked meats. It was springtime. The dogwoods…

River Fever

he dew is settling. It looks like forgiveness without absolution. My boyfriend will not call me. I will not complain. This happens every Tuesday. It is Tuesday again. Riverbank––I feel the fleshy insects crawling over my skin. Cold skin. Dead skin. I can hear the river too; my tragic, restless resting place. The light is…

Tame

at 11:11, after an absence of months,after lingering, as a pair of glowing eyes in and around the mouth of the submarine-grey tiresome of social media, you emerge–the large silvered wolf whose love and hatred of life is still full of fangs. ravenous, you eat the meat of attraction maddened that curiosity and desire can…

Ballerinas

& like cats & dogs we eventually make our peace trapped in the same small squares both seeking a place for our heads simply my tail wrapped around yours we different species but forever in love & chasing one another like cats & dogs by Elrum Daus

Pollution

e really was a strange little bald man. Not quite tweed jacket pulled close to him, furtive and alone, stealing down to the creek bank where the light caught his glasses and the waves. I didn’t believe it really, the first time I saw him kneeling there; sternly, sweatily uncorking the bottle of cleaning fluids…