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Candy-colored pinwheel parasols laze about, opulently idle- rather than stand up straight and throw some shade like a real do-right of an upstanding umbrella, these playboys are reclining like beached whales on the boardwalk, in a funnel-cake-and-warm-beer scented cloud of festivity and overall amicable summertime vibes. A soul-singer in a sapphire blue plastic blazer belts one for a crowd of 7; they say a whale has a heart the size of a Volkswagen, but if anybody could rival that kinduva heart it’s our boardwalk diva here- somebody book this guy for a run at the Bellagio! A mean mugger perches himself between two fisherman, leaning on the railing between trays of warm fishbait to pose for a selfie— ooh la la, wait- he goes in for the pouty pooch, drawing his Brooklyn brim over his brows and puckering out those lips— that’s take 1 folks, take 2, take 3… I think he’s laying some bait of his own here on the ‘gram and I wonder who he’s trying to impress. There’s a lady out there for you sir, and one of these pics is sure to win her heart! A cobalt blue parrot preens and squawks, its beady little eyes rolling back in its bird-brain, gazing back at you crazily without saying a lick of sense. shwooooop, the coaster skirts along the rails in a whoosh of ocean air, and I walk all loose-limbed and bendy-kneed, soaking up the mise en scene and loving every bit of it. A caricaturist hawks portraits- the man’ll give you boobs like Dolly Parton for $15 a pop. The Whac-a-Mole machine’s buzzing and whirring like a robot in ecstasy, achieving ever greater rapture as tourists bash it’s buttons with a large rubber mallet. I skirt the arcade, preferring the main boardwalk with the musicians where I can see the waves. The sea is glittering, saturnine- I think, smiling through her melancholy. I always think of pollution when I look at the water. I feel her pain, and I love the Ocean. I feel sad for her, and admire her will to be. She is abused. A swarthy sarodiya draws eerie melodies from his strings- glissandi which-conjured-shimmer and dissipate, like the twilight which momentarily glazes a smattering of gold upon the form of the cresting waves. 

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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