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dark walk / wrestling by the edge of the void


through an aeolian harp made of bone plays today and 7 and echoes of 9/11 and chloe in the afternoon and nausea and comforting chamomille and the memory of the Baudelaire verse that rustled in his hair back then—


7        7        7 and the fleurs du mal in (memory)


in someone else’s transposed memory.

tunnels of fire, stabbing victims in the empty hall 

the girls are fighting by the edge of the tracks

and the boys are wrestling by the edge of the void

who knows what they’ll be-

maybe nurses, or thinkers that cure ills unsolved by Freud


2        2        2 and the smog on my face that night in (memory)

hear the Baudelaire verse rusting 

in the memory of his hair

I think you had a cruller & I read Paris Spleen 

under American Idol playing on the flat-screen


4        4        4 and the window by the bayside in (memory) 

walking home see the lost man 

shimmering with blood-pathogens 

and a dagger-stare

more characters in a B-horror slasher scare


9        9        9 and the strange things you said in (memory)

the girls are fighting by the edge of the tracks

the boys are still wrestling by the edge of the void

who knows what they’ll be- 

scholars, kings, or dead on opioids


5        5        5 and the way my heart moved in (memory)

the screeching actress with cherry hair

says to the empty train-car 

that her last class was too method 

she’s sad and I make up songs to bless her & save

her and the kid down by Grant’s tomb- - 

Bless them all


1        1        1 and the champagne in the alley in (memory) 

I wish you were here too 

to make a world above above it

like a glass bridge or something

I asked you for a lot of things and you never asked

except to riff on a tune and photograph my collarbones-

but we’re not that way anymore

capitalizing on our feelings.

and living in the daytime.

A+HRRA award summer 2023

The Summer 2023 Arts + Human Rights Research Award will be open to submissions this summer (approx. 14:51 UTC June 21 2023 - 06:50 UTC September 23rd 2023). The topic of the Summer 2023 A+HRRA is AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. 


th_Eroses, an arts publication, is awarding $100 for a work of artistic / literary research that addresses or concerns human rights in conjunction with this season's topic, AI, Computer Logic, and Human Rights. The term 'research' here is intended to indicate the process of creation, exploration, and discovery, rather than the compiling of archival facts and/or materials, although the compiling of archival facts and/or materials may be a part of the process of exploration and discovery, or a part of the process of shaping the path or direction of discovery. This is intended to be an open-ended premise, to support the range of work that may occur in artists' and writers' unique processes. 


From the UN: 


"What Are Human Rights? Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination."


Successful submissions may, but are not required to, focus on investigative, process-based exploration and material discovery. Successful submissions may couple rigorous (or subjective) analysis with documentation of investigative, process-based exploration and discovery. Submissions do not need to be factual; forms of literary fiction, subjective expression, abstraction, choreography, and/or non-narrative presentations will be considered as well. Submissions in all languages and media are welcomed. 


The goal of this award is to amplify artistic voices that inquisitively and critically approach the pressing issues of our time, to create a habitat where a unique form of creative journalism can thrive, and to provide th_Eroses readers with artistic / literary insights into key issues.


Please note: If your work is submitted and selected for the award, you consent to the publication of your submitted work by th_Eroses now and in the future. Not all submissions will win the award; there may be one submission chosen, or multiple submissions, or none of the submissions. Selected submissions will receive an email of acceptance and next steps. 


Please submit work to with "Entry: Arts + Human Rights Research Award" in the subject line.

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