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Stories & Essays
A Day In the Life
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By Sida Li
Eight Minutes
_ By Michael Gettings
Jesusland
_ By Max Gordon
One September Morning
_ By Brian G. Ross
Patrimony
_ By Len Joy
Reading Between the Lines
_ By Michael Gettings
Scarring Truth
_ By M.W. Hamel
Snapshots of the Ordinary
_ By Monica Lee
Spirals
_ By Robert Connal
Stars
_ By Daliso Chaponda
The Jury
_ By Jeremy Tavares
The Thief
_ By Marva Dasef
The Train to Pennsylvania
_ By C.L. Atkins

Poetry
735 Miles to Nootka Island
_ By Nicholas D. Klacsanzky
Al Fresco Cafe Poems #125
_ By Duane Locke
Al Fresco Cafe Poems #127
_ By Duane Locke
Barnstormer
_ By Lynn Strongin
Gilded Candy
_ By Mina Blue
Marriage 2
_ By Christine Redman-Waldeyer
Memo to Italy
_ By Andrew Francis
Rain, Your Words, and the Agony...
_ By Betina Evancha
Sarcasm
_ By Juliette Capra
Textbook
_ By Christine Redman-Waldeyer
The Unspoken Eloquence of the Sword
_ By Anne Nialcom
Three Shades of Grey
_ By Monica Lee
We Pay
_ By Betina Evancha
White Dread
_ By David Snyder
Writing
_ By Betina Evancha

Art & Photography
Keira Anderson
_ Photography
Anne-Julie Aubry
_ Paintings
Whitney Clegg
_ Photography and Drawings
Eman Reharno Jeman
_ Photography, Graffiti, and Drawings
Mike Pomery
_ Paintings
Jennifer Robbins-Mullin
_ Photography
Madia Krisnadi Widodo
_ Photography
Penny Wilson
_ Mixed Media and Digital Art

Gilded Candy
By Mina in Blue


Gilded candy in your eyes,
How you tortured me with honey skin;
Sweet temptation swathed in crimson.
But you burned in my mouth
Liquid gold between my lips.

Clothed in moonlight, you lay in my arms,
Innocence coating your nectar-sweet sleep.
I’d thought you’d burnt me out,
But my heart still burns,
Cardinal, like your body against my own.

I tried to tell you last night,
But you stopped me,
Your sugary fingertips across my lips,
Closing in the red-hot ardor trying to spill out
Across that burning honey skin
My own hands have come to know so well

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MINA IN BLUE is an art and English student who is influenced heavily by artists of all kinds, including Luis Royo, Salvador Dali, Tanith Lee, Connie Willis, Björk, and Ville Valo. She currently lives near Richmond, Virginia. "I know the name Mina in Blue is odd," she says. "It wasn't originally intended that way. I wanted the impression of being a part of all my art. Like a woman's body, painted blue, becoming one with her painting, on an emotional and spiritual level."

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