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Alexis Hamlin

Without a Home

He snapped around the bend on Henry Street.

Seconds later, high beam lights infringed

in the cracked apartment window. The Ram’s horn

uproars the silent, cool midnight vibe. Quickly

dodging shards of mirror glass in the carpet,

Mom unpacked twice, then packed again.

Work shoes, toothbrushes, formula,

my bookbag, and Em’s diapers. She paused—

gazed over at my sister in her car seat,

drool dripping and glossing over her bunny.

My mom, stuck on Em, then me—

Her chickadees, she called us. Said we glowed.

The horn on his candy-apple red pickup

blared on, so loud, Mom covered her ears

fell into the floor and cried diamonds brighter

than his broken glass, brighter than us,

and she knew the answer right then—

we weren’t ready to go back to that empty house.

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Alexis Hamlin is a sophomore at Monroe Community College where she studies creative writing, particularly poetry. Her fictional best friend would be Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, as they both have quick tempers and even quicker wits.

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Joshua Kent


DIY whitewash tires
& paint chips
& dremel dust
& high rise bikes
with handle bars that fell out.

Broken down bike sleuths
that could be stripped
to shining steel
& spray painted lime green
that never stuck. Hell,

we spent hours
inhaling paint fumes.
Our backs hunched
over bike frames

Leaves began to change:
spray paint stains replaced
by rust.

Joshua Kent is sort of a student at MCC because of relationship troubles with SUNY Geneseo, where he studied International Relations. He lives in Saratoga Springs and sells peanut butter at farmer’s markets. He spends most of his waking hours beneath a triangle of trees in Congress Park. If he were to befriend a fictional character, it’d be Arturo Belano for the quixotic quests and wanderings.

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