Red and Blue

 

In fifth grade science we learned that

Blood is red when filled with oxygen

That turns blue after losing the O2

Only gaining its normal hue

After returning to their beating home

 

So as red lines the streets of dead dreams

Where life flows down the gutter drain

I can’t help but wonder

Blue suits should stop taking breaths away

And just return home

To get back their souls

Michelle Chavez is a senior editor for Cedar Crest College’s Pitch: A Journal of Literature and Art, an online-exclusive journal that accepts works from Cedar Crest undergraduate students ranging from the traditional written and visual form, to nontraditional writing and visual, and time-based and digital formats.

On Being Closeted

 

I want to write about being gay

on being nonbinary

I don’t

I tell myself it’s because

the professor is homophobic

because he had a revelation

on a classmate’s gay character—

“Oh, he’s a gay!”

exclaimed loudly after

five minutes of pondering

the class laughed,

and I joined in

because what else could we do

but why was it funny,

tell me because

I don’t understand

the same professor tells us

write about your passion

write about yourself

put yourself into your writing

then, in the next sentence he speaks,

a they becomes an it

I become an it

I want to tell my professor

“you see, I would,

but you’d laugh”

another gay joke—

my existence in a nutshell

please, look at the classroom gay

they’re not laughing

Shay Carroll is a senior student at Bowling Green State University, where they currently study creative writing and linguistics. They are a fiction and creative non-fiction editor for BGSU’s undergraduate literary journal Prairie Margins, and they will be graduating in May 2018. Interests include writing, discussions of starting a revolution, and the correct use of there/their/they’re.


You can reach them at carrolm@bgsu.edu

Contradictory Workshop

 

"Write about yourself," they say

"The best writing is personal," they say

It's the cry of every professor, every writer---

the best writing comes from the heart

is about your struggles

is about your passion

is about you

But then come next week

please tell me how to workshop

a poem about my classmate's rape

a story about your parent's abuse

an introduction about identity

about failings and feelings

and everything personal

And when I finally speak

because participation is always mandatory

what do I say besides

"Put a comma here," or

"Don't double space after periods"

because yes your experience is revolutionary

but objectively your writing sucks

Shay Carroll is a senior student at Bowling Green State University, where they currently study creative writing and linguistics. They are a fiction and creative non-fiction editor for BGSU’s undergraduate literary journal Prairie Margins, and they will be graduating in May 2018. Interests include writing, discussions of starting a revolution, and the correct use of there/their/they’re.


You can reach them at carrolm@bgsu.edu

“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.” 
 

-Patricia Fuller

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