Unique, Volume 1

By Stacey Lehrer

Unique always used to talk about writing a book about her life. She worked on it off and on for years, often telling me about a chapter she was working on or what part she planned to write about next. It’s been years since she had a working computer; I don’t know what happened to her writing. But I do know that she wanted people to hear her story. I can’t speak to what happened in Unique’s life in the time before I knew her, although I’ve heard enough about it that I feel like I have a pretty good idea. But I can tell her story as it connects with mine, in the 14 years since we met. I’m leaving out some of the more intensely personal details, to respect her privacy, but hoping to share her story (and, in part, our story) as she wished.

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Daredevil

by Stephen Hardman

There have been so many incarnations of Daredevil it would be easy to think the character’s story has been told and there’s nothing new to be said. While he may not have been around for as long as Batman or Superman, like all great fictional creations Daredevil has a fascinating history, a complex personality, and a list of enemies almost as long as the aforementioned superhero stalwarts. This makes him a rich source of story, with new writers able to breathe life into the character. Through comics, film (I’m going to go on record here as not hating the much-maligned 2003 film, but that’s a subject for a different article) and latterly TV, Daredevil has proved to be an enduring and popular character, while never quite hitting the heights of Batman, Spiderman, or the X-Men.

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Wherever There Are Walls – Create Windows

by Marie Scampini

A violation of more human rights
deplorable
and makes no sense
as a light rain
turns to waterboarding
in my brain
in my chest

We cannot say this madness
was undetected
a horror movie
a reality show
that we are all paying for
and will pay more
with more bloodshed
if these bans aren’t reversed
I fear for all lives everywhere
No one is safe
Nowhere is safe
No place is home

Do we only become human
with a Trump-approved passport?!
NO!

We shouldn’t have to
beg borrow steal
our basic human rights back
from a man who is a knee jerk reactionary
not a newfangled leader
but a builder of crafted illusions
of grandeur

Perhaps we need
a ripped warrior
who might guest star
in Game of Thrones
instead

Why aren’t there any laws
that allow us to impeach
a man for inciting more violence
and inhumanity
in the name
and in the land
we used to call
the land of the free?!

We need unity now
hands across the borders
Wherever there are walls
with only cracks
Imagine
a tapestry reflected off the moon
of millions of windows and doors
so many
we are blinded by the brilliance
of their light that floods in
a perfectly framed portrait of peace

Marie Scampini is a published poet, playwright, short story writer, currently working on a poetry collection and project – 1775 Poems in 1775 Days, to save her life every day, on a page, and in this world, fighting for justice and equality, living out loud, louder than ever