An Open Letter to a Broken Heart

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student you are not broken. yes, your chest is aching and your ribs are splintering and even your tears are made of acid but you are not broken. people cannot be torn apart. they grow and rot and grow and rot like the unkempt garden of an abandoned home or the […]

Cloth Petals

By Elizabeth Oxendine, TIWP Student My daughter likes to spill moist dirt onto her bedroom floor and wait for happiness to grow on dancing green vines. But in the sliver of the world we have left to her, mother nature is barren and so is the soil. All that she nurtures in her garden are […]


By Julia Lima, TIWP Student Motherland, the way it feels to set foot in your sweet, thick air to see your green covered back to smell my memories revived is like no other Motherland, the taste of your fruit pink, yellow, green, purple the sound of little feet and little beaks and little wings as […]

Take It Back

By Cate Foy, TIWP Student I wish I could go back and take it away, take away my words from her memories and our truths. Existence is finite. I will end. I beg you miss me as I miss you Feel. I beg you feel as I feel. Lies. I beg I beg I beg […]

Life Can Be Beautiful

By Ryann Drue, TIWP Student Happiness is only relative leaving us damaged and broken. But in those fleeting moments we get to experience the epitome of life: both the laughing and the crying and even just the watching, as life passes by. You cannot have the calm waters without the raging waves. You cannot have […]

Empty Rich World

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student in a world full of waterfalls and neon skies and endless fields, why should the toxic words of a teenage puppet be the tyrant of my brain for hours on end? in a world full of fresh orange groves and sacred ancient temples and twinkling stars, why should the standards […]

The Temple I Call My Mirror

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student “i found god in myself & i loved her, i loved her fiercely.” —Ntosake Shange i found god in the stripes that wrapped her skin i found god in the waist that stretched when she laughed i found god in the fingertips that navigated her ship so wildly i found […]


By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student I’m dedicating every day to you You outshine the morning sun Stand bright against the evening stars Are more admired than the midnight moon Surely there must have been a time Or a place Or a universe Where I was free to love you As much as you deserve A […]

Asking and Not Receiving

By Ellen Jurgens, TIWP Student He stands on the corner. People speed past him, careful to avoid eye contact. They have what he needs. He waits and waits. Does he feel anger? Is he angry with them or with himself? He holds a cardboard sign across his chest. It shields his heart from piercing stares. […]

Do Pigeons Have Feelings

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student Do pigeons have feelings? Or do they just live their life taking food from people and then shit on their windshields. Do pigeons feel love? Or do they just fly solo. Do pigeons communicate? Or do they just make mindless noise. Do you have feelings? Or did you just take […]