The Shattered Dove

an excerpt from a novel by Terrel — I heard barking from a dog. Was it Jay? His floppy tail ran to me and I bent down to hug the Labrador Beagle. He was big now. It was another dream, the dog, barking at me commanding to get up. I knew what it was barking…

Teenage Alien

a poetry zine by Ananya Click on images to enlarge and read. – – – – – – – – Ananya is a sophomore and riot grrrl.  She says, “This is a brief poetry zine about feeling alienated and rejected. I love to make zines because they’re so personal and rebellious.”

Put your hands up

a narrative poem by Desiree — Saturday night walking down the street, as I pray to the lord my soul to keep, thinking in my head hoping I won’t be another kid dead. I look back, and then to the left and my right I start thinking something don’t feel right. I saw a cop…

Hidden, Not Yet Lost

a spontaneous poem by Serena — Behind that veil, something lies, Something too gruesome for your eyes, For when you lift the veil, you realize It’s your own self leaving you paralyzed. — Serena is a 15-year-old freshman. She enjoys writing but was previously not interested in poetry until her Creative Writing teacher, Ms. DiOrio,…

Demise of the Innocent

a series of limericks by Serena — The sound of the gun is often heard, Swift and sure as the sound of a bird. People killing their own, You’d have thought this country had grown. It’s so funny how equality has blurred. — Ignorance, the cause of the diversity divide, But these social “rules” I…

Pretend

an ode by Terrel — You changed me, I also changed you. The fact that you came out of my brain Surprised me. Winter. I named you that because you had it all: Skill, talent, and a good looking lifestyle. Because of you, I opened my eyes To see the other world Beyond mine. But…

Leaders of Our World

an excerpt of a short story by Mya, a student at The Baltimore City High School “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” — Whitney Houston (Greatest Love of All) It all started in the year 2030 when the founder, Mya Smith, first heard this quote which…