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these florid apologias 


7 years of language ripples out, 

alternately delicate & loutish.


I know you wish I would be impassioned less, 

be blonder, and wear a sundress.


I resent the sculptors who cite porcelain as a symbol of bourgeois purity & pleasure, 

but I want to be like a type of thing that you would treasure,


with your fine taste. I’m sorry I must live in a state of common abjection 

unknown to a man of your high connection. 


fluttering in this cruel mesh, I land where I can. 

I am a woman; that’s something you can’t understand.



I’m nervous to talk 


about anything

should the words smudge this

pharmakon gloss of aphrodisia 

off the surface of the night





ooh baby you’re so fine

you’re so fine you might never be mine


blows my mind that a man like you

could love a girl like me


probably cause you don’t

not real surprised you won’t


ooh baby you’re so fine

you’re so fine you might never be mine


probably cause you don’t

not real surprised you won’t




Lennon said if you live in the Roman Empire, 

why not live in Rome?


Don’t we all pray for a map. 


You’ve become 7 years new,

but we still click in the same wonderful ways. 


The taxidermied chimpanzee hangs,

mustily behind glass,

wearing a small red cap-

stuffed and adorned for the amusement of an epoch.


We both weep in movies about the American Dream.


To live in the land of cut flowers. 


To walk elegantly through these cobbled streets with you,


my friend. 

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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