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Saturday Links: Poetry and Fiction Edition

One of the best ways to create empathy and understanding towards different groups in society is through the power of storytelling, narrative and fiction. Once someone is able to see something from another perspective and is able to grasp a fraction of the emotions and motivation involved in a situation, then compassion and sympathy can be fostered. 314 more words

"34 Excuses For Why We Failed at Love" by Warsan Shire (repost)

1. I’m lonely so I do lonely things
2. Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same.
3. You hate women, just like your father and his father, so it runs in your blood. 395 more words


From Warsan Shire:

you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave…

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Weekends with you


Hey E,

Thanks for taking me to the province with you. This little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city is exactly what I needed– a pause. 248 more words


"Ugly" by Warsan Shire


Your daughter is ugly.
She knows loss intimately,
carries whole cities in her belly.

As a child, relatives wouldn’t hold her.
She was splintered wood and sea water. 146 more words

From Warsan Shire:

you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste…

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Exploring the Fringes of Familiarity

There is a difference between what it means to go and what it means to leave, and Liren Fu‘s essay this issue takes on the weighty task of exploring the deep gulfs in between the two. 1,053 more words