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My Co-Worker

"My co-worker makes parole. / No goodbyes. Just disappears one day." More

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Young Girl Twenty

"The type of chick that young thugs’ll wait on, / and older catz lose they weight on / Modestly fly, sour chicks couldn’t play Dawn" More

Ravenous

"I always run toward the sound of shouting, metal crunching / and glass shattering" More

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The Week

"Besides, wasn’t life full of these exciting moments, something fresh and novel every day, now that we were adults?" More

Triple Sessions

"I grew up at perhaps the tail end of the “spare the rod, spoil the child” generation, so violence was normalized and mitigated with life lessons." More

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The Thaw

"You had to have something you wanted from life before you came to prison." More

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Two Birds, One Stone

"Brady's toes squirm in the sand. His eyes stare downward at the shifting grains, barely noticing the warmth seeping into his feet." More

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