Archives for July 2009

Holding Hands

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Issue V: Summer 2010

by Leslie Yasner I can remember how wonderfully secure I always felt when my grandmother held my hand. I felt invincible. I knew that nothing could ever hurt me as long as she was by my side. On my first day of school I screamed like a banshee when my mother let go of my […]

What Happens to My Dream Deferred?

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series Issue V: Summer 2010

By Elizabeth Shell Carr Inspired by Langston Hughes’ “A Dream Deferred” Once upon a time I was twenty, twenty-one years of age and I dreamed big. I wanted lots of hair, my Caribbean friends called it “tall” hair; girls of the Jersey shore described it as their “big” hair for Saturday nights. I dreamed of […]

The Rope Chair

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series Issue V: Summer 2010

by Maryam Avazi My master made me for the purpose of sitting in a modern art museum. My master made me to be aesthetic—that’s why humans continually come to look at me Tuesday through Sunday all year round. They are intrigued by the rope that surrounds my spirit.

Where I’m From

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series Issue V: Summer 2010

by Shirley Williams Where I’m from I’m from a home where Mom’s always at work. Where Dad sits in front of the T.V. Watching the news or the sports channels. Us children rushing to do homework before the sun goes down. Playing street games. Running around, sometimes in the rain. Watching Mom cook special meals […]

Rat

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Issue V: Summer 2010

by Ejiro Ogodo, Age 7 The rat that ate a cat The rat that was my pet The rat that ate my hand off The rat that was fat The rat who was riding on a dog The rat who pooped in milk and still drank it The rat that had a friend fly