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Picture of me sitting on the porch of Eminem’s childhood home on October 10th, 2013. Exactly one month before the structure was set on fire, and then demolished by the City of Detroit. I was 19.

For some reason, when I think of Eminem, see his name, or hear his voice, the very first thing that comes to mind is a giant slab of old, worn out, dirty concrete. More specifically, I think of the old, dirty slab of concrete that made up the front porch…

In another Universe, I never met him. I have never encountered his laughter or his smile. I have no idea what he looks like walking away. I have never heard his thinking noise or experienced the wrath of his stance with one hand on his hip. In this other Universe…

I don’t expect you to miss me

I don’t expect you to think of me on the days when you sort through laundry, looking for something clean to wear, and you pull one of my favorite pieces of your wardrobe an over your head. I don’t expect you to notice…

Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash

I Never wanted to be this person
who became paralyzed
with grief
for someone who walked away.

I never wanted to allow anyone
to have this much power over me;
to leave me
stunned and aching
on the ground
after they pulled the rug

You take screenshots of your favorite text conversations as far back as your phone will allow. You print them out. You put the photos in a box, and you put the box in a place where you don’t have to look at it unless you want to. You delete the…

Photo by Andreea Chidu on Unsplash

Why do people live so close to volcanoes?
Because their soil grows the most beautiful flowers.

Maybe people forget what the volcanoes are capable of, with their consistent churning, just begging to erupt on all that is holy. Maybe people become so enamored of living in the presence of such…

Gina Clingan

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