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wrong guy on my mind 

while I’m looking in your eyes

stumbling now, I’m stuttering

about Jutta Koether and the curtains

I guess it was the palette that threw me 

into memory, mint green dawn on the linens - - 


- - you know, like a millennial shade of pearlescence that quotes the baroque


we spoke just a few words 

& they’re burnt into the night

there’s dawn on the linens,

can’t say what’s right

bicoastal flights just for this- -

things are strange in this light 



burly & barrel-chested in the bride’s bed,

you make me do all the smiling for the 2 of us


triple sec, blood orange, sun yellow and flame;

distillations in cut-crystal dress the set 


in an Anthropologie afghan, at the edge of the city-

you’ve got soft lips & a sugar rush to the head

burly & barrel-chested in the bride’s bed,

you've got soft lips, your cheeks are turkey red.


the air has a bourgeois clarity:

a crystalline serenity begot 

by early manufacturing investments in tech.

fascinatingly, the heiress sweetens her tea with stevia.



my ego, this metafloral tchotzkie

which you now enjoy:

a Flower 

within a silver flower 

within a mirrored flower 

within a media flower. 

(It dwells in a glittering fortification). 

You unfold my petals for a moment to the softest, most silent place; …

before it closes again.

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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