Sprouting

7:20 am

Photo by Alyssa Duarte By Alyssa Duarte 7:20am,  dreams colored violet  filled with envy shades of fire love isn’t free a cold heart swallowed the sea think of her think of me only a nightmare but you should envy the color her long hair shades of brown the ocean churns her heart frowns my sweet…

Nurturing Your Roots: My Visit to the Nuwu Art Gallery

Photo by Lauren Dominguez By Lauren Dominguez As someone who is of mixed race, it’s always such a shock to be labeled as one side and to have the other completely disregarded. I’ve always lived within those black and white areas. My father is Mexican and my mother is various percentages of Western European. I’ve…

seed cemetery

Photo by Angie Shenouda By Angie Shenouda in the early mourning of the wake  he snuggles two fingers  into the damp earth where he lies his head  and heart to rest  in a field of faux goodbyes and promises unspoken- a burial ground- he lowers the casket full of seeds,  nothing but damp soil for…

On Growth: Five Movies That Approach Growth Through a Fresh Lens

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Molly Zofia If you know me, then you know I spend so much time watching movies that it borders on being a bit sad. But for me, film is one of the most beautiful forms of human expression that we have. I love film because it enables so many people…

Journey of the Spirit

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Isabelle Murphy Let the lush green  Push through your Spread fingers. Running through dewy grass The trickle of fresh water  Over muddy stones Silver lighted figures  Cradle your Salt water tears  Turning up  Lavender blooms  Winding out  Ivy on tree trunks  Pulling you in  “Shhhh,” She whispers,  “It is time…

happy poem

Photo by Aiden Nelson By Aiden Nelson I’ve been reading happy poems lately and feeling that feeling that swells in my chest like something small inside me is growing, like every molecule is lined up saying yesyesyes louder and louder, like there is something beautiful and full of purpose living inside my fragile skin. I…

My Kind of Growing

Photo by Clare Breakell By Clare Breakell A daughter of heat  Scorched from my crown to my soles I tried to bathe in the sun  Here is where I dug my hands  Here is where all that I was has been left Many trees have fallen since,  Not a single one heard  Choking on dirt …

Bloom

Photo by Luna Maluna Gri By Luna Maluna Gri I watched myself wilting  fallen petals beside my feet  I wilted and wilted  down to my roots  Shedding everything   which weighed so heavy on my shoulders, everything   I don’t need anymore   I nourished myself  in the rich black soil  I watched myself growing new leaves and…

The Sprouting Playlist

We planted seeds and now that it’s finally spring they’re starting to sprout. For the month of April, Kindergarten contributors compiled their favorite songs to listen to when they’re gardening, on a picnic, or just out in nature in general. Listen to the playlist here Tracy Fuentes “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac I imagine running through…

spring

Photo by Cait Thomson By Cait Thomson every year it is the same it feels like it will never arrive and then one blessed morning the sun feels warm on skin and birds appear every year it is the same the routine of the seasons calms me soon I will wear my sandals crunching over…

My Impossible Mourning

Photo by Izzy Bliss By Sydney Shaffer This time of year I think  about Emily Dickinson.  She is always on my mind when the flowers beside  my home begin to bloom.  The cherry blossom trees  I pass on the way to the grocery  store remind me of her happiness. She would love to breathe the…

Eulogy for Past Versions of Myself

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Madison Kleinrock-Andrews The version of myself  who was blissfully naive, the version of myself  whose biggest problem was deciding what toy she wanted from the store,   the version of myself  who thought I had found love with you are all dead now. But so are the version of myself  who…

Two Haikus: Evening Rain

Photo by Greta Unetich By Greta Unetich Two Haikus: Evening Rain  The rain tonight sends  Everyone to their houses.  Our fingertips and  Faces turned up, we  Walk, side-by-side, to my car  Beneath the damp trees.  Two Haikus: Evening Rain (Alternate)  The rain sends all souls  To their houses tonight. Our  Fingertips turned up,  We walk…

From A to Z(ines): An Interview with Manny Muñoz

Photo by Jacob Vecchione By Tracy Fuentes Back in August of last year, I began interning at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, the only art museum in Las Vegas. During this time, I met Manny Muñoz, the Educational Outreach and Programming Assistant at the Barrick. While doing archival work, we bonded over our love…