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‘i swallow solitude for breakfast’

March 2021
Here’s an excerpt from teen poet Emilie Guan’s “what is the name of the world”:
i wake up
i swallow solitude for breakfast i drink news to wash it down,
i choke on red horrors watch them fuse with spiderwebs of my saliva.

can’t sleep
can’t just toss and turn on barren sheets so i turn on the TV,
can’t blind myself with blueish phantasms but i’ll be damned if i stop trying.

Read the full poem in The WEIGHT Journal - highlighting the best in teen writers

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