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(Tell Them) It’s All Just a Nightmare by Nadine Cruz (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

i. prologueMayari howls.The cries demand retribution, execution of plastic ears.Still, smokescreen leaks into the dim, shadow-filled dens. ii. felony i (syn. innocence, ‘sacrifice’, homicide)he is an innocent boy he is infallibly guilty, loaded gun between his eyes.“Please don’t—!” point blank shot—another guilty one dies (lies). iii. felony ii (syn. equity, equality, anti-oppression)to till the land,… Read More (Tell Them) It’s All Just a Nightmare by Nadine Cruz (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

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Mass by Taher Adel (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

The 1991 uprisings were a series of popular rebellions in Iraq between March and April 1991.“By some estimates, 100,000 people died in reprisal killings between March and September” – The Washington Post Even if nobody visits,tomb stones remain guarding the night likecoordinates in a constellation.Once the earth spins enoughon its axis and the planets aligneach… Read More Mass by Taher Adel (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

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You are so elegant by Sarah Simon (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

I have been floating on wordspoured into me, by people. now I am looking lookingfor anything to chokethis flow, socompliment the cleavages of pointers at rest:you stare through my fingers in the dark suspension of your bed theyare so lovely yes you are soelegant and blameless, I’ve heard that beforeWORDS just toss changeto a fountain… Read More You are so elegant by Sarah Simon (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

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The Heather Circle by Ana Maria Sapountzi (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

Wind-whipped hills,of tall green grass,spread forever,made bone-bright by the sun. My sisters and I,scrubbed virgin clean,walk in silence.Our hair tightly braided and coiled at our necks.The wool of our dresses scratches our skin. Holding bundles of purple heather,stem to flower, flower to stem,we make a circle.Chanting, we move to close the ring. But then we… Read More The Heather Circle by Ana Maria Sapountzi (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

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Necessary skills for young women by Poppy Jennings (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

teach me to cross, blanket, slipthe shackles of society,to pedal, tread, needle prickand guide me to unpick, thread, stitch, sew the fabricof my soul—the torn canvas,colourless and slipping at the seamsgiving way to tattered screams pull and pierce jagged edgesloop the forward-back-forward-back—reverse the damage? hide the damagebecause now I can manage the patriarchy and collectbroken,… Read More Necessary skills for young women by Poppy Jennings (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

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President of Terribly Unintended Sedition by Nipun Goel (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

I was born here but that doesn’t matter anymoreThe colour of my skin defines where I come fromThe tongue I speak defines who I amThe name I was given defines where I belongWhere I was born matters no moreThe world is at a crossroadBetween progress and damnationBetween peace and warBetween life and deathBut what do… Read More President of Terribly Unintended Sedition by Nipun Goel (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

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Imagining the Queen’s Death by Thomas Tyrrell (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)

I can’t stop imagining the Queen’s death, no, not even while I’m driving home or eating dinneror making love to my wife, even then I keep having disloyal, no treasonous,thoughts about how the Queen could be bitten by a rabid corgi, or trip over and knock herhead on the throne whilst opening parliament, or Prince… Read More Imagining the Queen’s Death by Thomas Tyrrell (Lucent Dreaming Issue 6)