Uproar welcomes submissions of poetry, prose, spoken word, video and mixed media on the theme “Reckonings and Reconciliation.” For reckonings, think about Every Child Matters, climate and environmental issues, debts owed, what goes around comes around, fallout from decisions made or consequences. For reconciliation, think about making things right, acknowledging the truth. This can be
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Uproar is pleased to present six very different responses to our theme of “Plots and Schemes”—which admittedly was not the easiest theme to work with. We thank everyone who took the time to submit a piece and hope you’ll consider submitting to our next theme. Watch for information in the coming weeks. Please scroll down to
The Hair Exhibit at Auschwitz That Doesn’t Allow Photographs These shafts dead piled behind glass straight, wavy blackish, brownish wheat coloured scarecrow braid This silky earth sticks to surface of ballooning outrage shuttered recollections of follicles, the ones scissored from becoming.
Fear of Drowning our relationship has never been fluid I remember the first time, I screamed to the point of embarrassment and others screamed back in static echoes over time. Now when you touch me, nausea coats me with blue fear while panic attacks begin their drum roll. It’s the depth I can’t quite comprehend,
Setting Up A Classroom During A Pandemic Perhaps I’ll wipe down some textbooks, hardcover ones like Bones, Dog Man, Diary of A Wimpy Kid the ones kids read over and over, the ones they will protest being put in quarantine jail before someone else can read it again. Cleanliness, distance and time. Spacing between desks.
Essential Work What work is mine? Offering my full cornucopia, cut from leg of sacrificial lamb? Allowing my rounded fruit to be cupped squeezed, peeled bruising concealed? Resurrecting the ole iron lung, its dependable clatter, the work of being essential noise for those needing reminders of the sweetness of breathing on our own without effort.
The inaugural theme the Literary Committee has chosen for August 2020 is “Openings.” Committee member Rhonda Melanson describes what openings means to her: “To define openings is to allow access, a beginning, an initial part, being declared open and ready to use, preliminary statements, a clearing, an opportunity to achieve something. Think about stage 2