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Learn how to be
lonely. Learn what it’s like to know
that you are coming home to

yourself night after night—
that empty is just another word
for open.

— Kristina Haynes, from “The Not Love Poem (via captainyodel)

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For you, a thousand times over.

— Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner (via sorakeem)

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Sometimes you just need some different words (via

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Fuckin Paul Baribeau

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I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Society has put up so many boundaries, so many limitations on what’s right and wrong that it’s almost impossible to get a pure thought out. It’s like a little kid, a little boy, looking at colors, and no one told him what colors are good, before somebody tells you you shouldn’t like pink because that’s for girls, or you’d instantly become a gay two-year-old. Why would anyone pick blue over pink? Pink is obviously a better color. Everyone’s born confident, and everything’s taken away from you.

— Kanye West

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For Estefani Lora, PS 132, Washington Heights

Elephant on an orange line, underneath a yellow

meaning sun.

6 green, vertical lines, with color all from
the top

meaning flowers.

The first time I peel back the 5 squares of
Scotch tape,

unfold the crooked-crease fold of art class

I am in my living room.

It is June.

Inside of the card, there is one long word,
& then

Estefani’s name:


Estefani Lora


Loisfoeribari: The scientific, Latinate way
of saying hibiscus.

Loisfoeribari: A direction, as in: Are you

North? South? East? West? Loisfoeribari?

I try, over & over, to read the word out

Loisfoeribari. LoISFOeribari.

LoiSFOEribari. LoisFOERibARI.

What is this word?

I imagine using it in sentences like,

"Man, I have to go back to the house,

I forgot my Loisfoeribari.”


"There’s nothing better than rain, hot

open windows with music, & a tall glass

of Loisfoeribari.”


"How are we getting to Pittsburgh?

Should we drive or take the Loisfoeribari?”


I have lived 4 minutes with this word not

what it means.


It is the end of the year. I consider writing
my student,

Estefani Lora, a letter that goes:

To The BRILLIANT Estefani Lora!

Hola, querida, I hope that you are well.
just opened the card that
you made me, and it is beautiful.
really love the way you filled the sky with
birds. I believe that
you are chula,
chulita, and super fly! Yes, the card
is beautiful.
I only have one question
for you. What does the word

I try the word again.




I try the word in Spanish.




& then, slowly,
Lo is fo e ri bari

Lo is fo eribari

love is for everybody

love is for every every body love

love love everybody love

everybody love love

is love everybody

everybody is love

love love for love

for everybody

for love is everybody

love is forevery

love is forevery body

love love love for body

love body body is love

love is body every body is love
is every love

for every love is love

for love everybody love love

love love for everybody


-Aracelis Girmay

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She was not good on the phone. She needed the face, the pattern of eyes, nose, trembling mouth… People talking were meant to look at a face, the disastrous cupcake of it, the hide-and-seek of the heart dashing across. With a phone, you said words, but you never watched them go in. You saw them off at the airport but never knew whether there was anyone there to greet them when they got off the plane.

— Like Life

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