Beautiful – Lennix

My body is speaking to me The tongues of my skin Speak languages that do not reach my mouth. Whisper sweet nothings, to which I can not reply, the words caught in Linguistic purgatory Trying to translate beautiful a noun, a possessive word beautiful, The word is stuck in the spit of man as he…

Quick Links: Teaching Poetry

When it comes to teaching poetry, lesson plans have to be catered to the demographic you are aiming to teach. While we can’t create a syllabus for every type of student, we can provide resources that can help you introduce or further deepen your students’ understanding of poetry. Important: Accessibility Guide– created by Poetry Out…

Poem: “Insomnia” by Briana Joseph|Submission Saturday

Recently, I have been suffering from a severe case of insomnia. I lie in bed wondering how many voices I have escaped in the daytime. People tell me to count sheep but at night the only sheep I can count are the black children sewn up Lying in boxes colder and larger than the ones…

Funky Friday: WeSingSin

SHORTLINE EXCLUSIVE RELEASE Listen to this Shortline! Review exclusive release: WeSingCin – Balance Mr.y (mist(ə)rē), better known as WeSingCin, is a 22 year-old artist without a definite home. He was last seen drifting into the shadows after hearing the whispers of the Bad Magician. To live one’s life as honest and true to one’s self…

Submission Sunday | Poem, “Fearless Future,” by Walter Herres

Heaven or hell, being a gentleman or a deviant destined for a cell. Many past authors, scholars and sages have transcribed through the ages the secrets of passing cyclic degrees, to in turn stand stable upon  feet rather than knees. The wise show reverence to noble truths; as fools make shackles for themselves by conduct. More so his ancestral roots…

Submission Saturday | Poem, “In the Name of God,” by Co-Founders Marwa and Dena

  Co-Founders Marwa Adina and Dena Igusti performed this original piece in a Write About Now open mic event co-sponsored by Shortline! Review. The event was centered on a theme about Muslim Narratives. In this piece, Dena and Marwa artistically jab at  colonization/white supremacy blended behind Christianity/religion. These two poets use this angle to shine…

Submission Sunday |Black Christ Poem by Stephanie Dinsae

Black Christ By Stephanie Dinsae Christ was African Christ was African Christ was African As I taste those words in my mouth, something doesn’t feel right How can you say Christ was African when we know he was white? I mean, there’s no way he could be African Africans….are Black Look at that olive…. lack…

Submission Saturday | “The End,” Poem by Charles Joseph

The End. By, Charles Joseph   Since the beginning,   I wanted the road to keep going,  So I can skate through summer, winter, fall— Even through spring’s pouring. The road scrolled out, in my head, and elongated  With my energy of thunder, scribbled onto it.  But I always feared the road would come to…

“Trump Nation” by Victoria Buffalino

betrayal: sneaky snake slippery, slow you feel comfort as he wraps his arms around your throat “Let me save you,” he coos as he strangles you you’ll never see it coming (at least, it’ll feel sudden when you’ve spend the whole relationship with your eyes squeezed shut) one day he just strikes (about:) This is…