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do you think I’m a stress case?

just spit it to my face, babe-ehh

somehow along the way you knew 

maybe you got tough or got a clue

(yeah) shh

so yeah I shy from some things

and I acknowledge some things

I avoid the latex Buddhists

and the aestheticized vodka freaks


you can learn a lot about the world

and about yourself from men 

just got to take off your clothes

to reveal your soul again

(teach me, show me

sell me, know me

kiss me, throw me

love me, let go of me)


expression dies

outside of touch

the power of speech

is in retreat

what higher power 

do you answer to?

who’s above you,

who’s word do you heed

besides the man beside you

and the hands that feed

you see the machine, 

and it feels serene

because it’s on your side

and you’re safe inside


see the I-beams fall into place

at the crux of gravity and grace

New Yorkers acknowledge 

our own brokenness and failure

acknowledge the industrial process

that constitutes human existence and endeavor.

its all an ambivalent shade of silver today

the skeletons of buildings revealing their interiors

it’s all an amibivalent hade of silver today

kissing a morning away

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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