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things just didn’t turn out like we thought


This thing occurs in society circles, 

where somebody says he’s crazy, 

then everybody turns their back:

it’s known she’s loose, he’s lazy.


He wears the hot red scarlet M 

unwanted but assumed

She cleans her hands ten thousand times

its far too late; she’s doomed.



He’s an online troll, I heard he’s got 

like fifteen fake accounts 

He’ll steal your money & haggle you

for any small amount.


I heard he borrowed the gallery van, 

to move, for just one night

he took his girl & cut for Vegas-

blacked out and got in a fight



She’s vogue, she’s lithe, she’s rarefied, 

a glittering abyss

she’s on, she’s now, she’s painted over

every bruise & kiss


I heard she’s anorexic

and eats just once a day

she kissed her boss & quit her job

now she’s living on his pay


Sun-bathers in the golden pool

of the good of the common will,

basking in the lush potential

of the transient’s brand of cool.


Homeless, in satin chinoiseries,

glampiric in their use of Yes please.

bleach-headed dandies, blissful among 

the stank-weed & the bees.


With angel pizza zeal, pearled plastic

& potent as a limbless fish,

she’s deep-throating a cherry popsicle 

he’s living an idiot’s wish.




                    woof woof. you still got dirty feet?


                    what is with these freaky fish balls? 

                    you’re never up. 


          a toke sounds nice.


                    and fry bread-


She hides the wine behind Mica’s books;

he pushes her face away.

wash your feet, he says with a look;

she sleeps in the yard like a stray

Living the high life beyond their means,

rail-thin & pale- 

suffocating, on “the bathos of human existence 

and the scant air it leaves for us to inhale”


The stupa of the party cupid was lush

with spotted eggs, bull’s horns, and grains-

where gossiping hipsters gather to chatter

Donatellesque in their chains


Ruby and Michael went out one night

and never went back home. 

Now they ride the bus all day

tell Nikki they’ve gone away.


Everybody wanted them each to know

how little they were worth

everybody wanted them each to know

they were a stain upon this Earth.


Outcasts now, even to each other,

even as he latches her bra.

She folds a twenty and then another

into the pocket of his chamois.


She dodged his kisses but clutched for his hand

didn’t know who to believe. 

The man in front of her wasn’t the man 

being painted by the scene. 


It’s cold tonight in Highland Park

the stars are gonna shiver

Michael withdraws, as he watches her walk

smoke curling around his fingers.


Ruby was living on peanuts and coke,

chilled down to the bone

Michael stopped talking but to bum a smoke,

& called back east for a loan. 

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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