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The Abandoned by Meenakshy Balaraju

CONTENT WARNING: This fictional story contains scenes of physical and sexual violence. I was only twenty-two on that terrible day. Nobody cared why I did it. Instead, they were curious about who did it. And it’s hard for me to understand why I didn’t get a chance to explain. It

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Theodora and The Devil by Morrigan Bonegardener

She was a quiet child, always lost in the silent fields of fantasy while she gathered acorns with a perpetual furrow of thoughtfulness between her brown eyes. In a low lilting tune that was sad and happy all at once, her mother would sing to her of a peasant girl

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Climate Change of Cancer by Helen Paterson

I watched your body slowly putrefy as mutated B-cells Dispersed their alien poison into your pristine ecosystem Steeped in stress, a life out of your control. You ignored the initial warnings Denied the changing climate within The fire on your skin The flood across your landscape. The inescapable truth made

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Don’t Get Jaded by Karmelle Spence-Sing

The doctors are our age now. They may have white coats on sometimes, but they wear t-shirts, sneakers, and have youthful faces. Mostly men so far, but damn, these guys are nice. I don’t just mean good bedside manner, or whatever that expression is. I mean they are working to

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Where is Here by Jillian Cassar

Here is a space Tucked in the trees Where water flows freely and pure Children dance to the sounds of the wind Truth follows us The teachings of those who came before Are passed down Over and over Colours change as years pass Love flourishes and thrives Sunlight dances on

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lovesatmosphere by Jaden How

everyone you meet is a reflection of you. and just like everyone, you are deserving of extraordinary love. you are light, sunshine in your veins.you are a child of the universe. you are allowed to take up space. after all, you are stardust.you exist, and that is enough. you are worthy, an exceptional creature. like a

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The Voice by Samuel Maffioli

As I sit on my chair at the desk near the doorThe curtains drawn completelyI hear a voice below the nightIt’s speaking to me. Nature’s greatest song is crickets’Haunting, taunting cryThe bass of a neon highwayA songbird in the sky. Coyotes or frat boys howl at the moonIncredibly out of

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Black Bear Review
Just posted: a new short story, "The Abandoned," written by second year student Meenakshy Balaraju. This story offers a critical and heart-wrenching examination of arranged marriages and the treatment of girls in India. Content warning: the story does contain some scenes of physical and sexual violence. Read it here: blackbearreview.ca/writing/fiction/the-abandoned-by-meenakshy-balaraju/Meenakshy Balaraju is from Southern part of India, currently acquiring Interdisciplinary Studies Diploma at Selkirk College. She is a second-year student in Creative Writing. She has been interested in writing and reading since childhood. Becoming a writer is her dream. You can always see her on campus with a smile on her face and book in her hand! See MoreSee Less
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