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Enter our free poetry contest!

You are invited to Lucent Dreaming’s first ever poetry contest. We are looking for poems that reflect on the relationship between people and power, which may include topics like human rights, corruption, the environment, sexism, racism, activism, Brexit, law-making/law-breaking, free speech, bodily autonomy/integrity, politics, oligarchy, etc.

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Let There Be Music by Magdalena Elcira (Lucent Dreaming Issue 4)

She is my lover. Each beat of Her heart a metronome, keeping these bones in time with the day’s end and rise. This driftwood body longs to reside inside Her: taste those curves of green, swim in her blue salt valleys, concealed in the wooden knots cascading down Her weary shoulders. We write with no purpose but to mimic the

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Threads of a Soft Language by Fatma Latif (Lucent Dreaming Issue 4)

loneliness is inescapable. its roughness persists within, notice your detachment in an alienating prison of unforgettable past. some of us are lost in confusion, to the extent in a belief we deserve that. we attempt letting go. we test the waters, hardly ever do we plunge in. childhood is funny now, we had not the vague concept of things, but

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Force Mechanism by Aremu Adams Adebisi (Lucent Dreaming Issue 4)

how long before a knock turns to slap & beat depends on force – before mutter, cry, yell to growl. how long before these trickles turn to tears and wails. how long before we break into shipwrecks, shattered in the deep, pulled out of ruins, a word stuttering from silence, forcing its way down into thoughts, into action. how long

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Discovering Ghosts by William Christofides (Lucent Dreaming Issue 4)

[/Of course ghosts exist/ /There is too much evidence to deny it/ /See here, they leave their mark/ /Have you never been woken by that presence in the middle of the night and left feeling ill at ease/ /Have you never trembled in the locked inner room/ /The whole cosmos flees, and only that presence remains/ /Theirs is a terrible

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Armchair Explorer by A C Clarke (Lucent Dreaming Issue 4)

The maps were the gift of the place Roger Harvey Inside the stiff bound books, their spines still unbroken, the once bright paper has mellowed to ochre; the inks which shaded boundaries between black coast, blue sea, have sunk their difference in a sepia concordat. Europe resembles a child’s drawing. Eastward Asia is named. Southward North Africa fringes a silence.

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City of God by Edward Vidaurre (Lucent Dreaming Issue 3)

I woke up with the weight of my beard across my body. It had grown down to my feet. It was thick and coarse. There were people living on it. From the braid on my chest I could smell the food they were cooking. Down by my waist, my beard had the shape of hills with goats and other animals

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Sam Regal in the Spotlight

Sam Regal, whose piece ‘Valentine’ is published in the third issue of Lucent Dreaming, is a poet, performer and recent transplant from Brooklyn to Athens, Georgia. Her translation of Yao Feng’s One Love Only Until Death was published in 2017 by Vagabond Press, and she has performed most notably with Jennifer Vanilla at MoMA PS1, Le Poisson Rouge, and Brooklyn

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Valentine by Sam Regal (Lucent Dreaming Issue 3)

My horoscope read: as you keep on living, my darling, who for? And out of my ear thrust a dandelion stem that shanked my beloved through the rib before itself hardening to bone. My love had no words. A stout onlooker—Fatty Arbuckle’s kin—jetéd across the street toward my fecund head, whispered, will forever I feel as in this moment alone?

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You Left me a Gift by Karoline Yesterdaye (Lucent Dreaming Issue 3)

the graft triggered a recall of youthful dowries charm// cultivated into a resourceful beauty wafts of grace floated past a table// her vanity ran past a mirror fielded in an exchange of foreign features in the morning feels new again you gifted me this as I dreamt slowly between the auras of the world treasuring instances of memories//   Browse

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