1. Kiki Nicole
excerpt from 2015 after Clementine Von Radics
“This year I refused to become a ghost
and look what’s become of me”
2. Salma Deera
excerpt from The Five Stages of Love
“TELL ME, WHAT IS IT YOU THINK YOU’LL FIND IN HIS EYES?
IF IT’S LOVE, YOU’RE RIGHT.
IF IT’S SHELTER, YOU’RE WRONG.”
3. Yasmin Z.
excerpt from a loud heart’s silence
“I’m sorry about the years spent
in the wrong state.
And I’m sorry about the highway
and the day you realized the moon
wasn’t following you back home.
And I’m sorry about the dark,
how it happened so fast.”
excerpt from The Dictionary: An Extended Edition
“Language, you have betrayed me.
There are memories of snow, of rain,
of sound that
you cannot conquer.”
excerpt from 2015 after Fortesa Latifi
“It is March and I am trying to piece myself back together. I am taking care of myself the best that I can and swearing on my own heart that I’ll stop wearing it on my worn, mascara-stained sleeve.”
Fortesa Latifi is a 22-year old poet. Her first book, This Is How We Find Each Other was published through Where Are You Press in 2014. She hopes you find something good here. She knows you will.