What is the American Dream, exactly?
What wretched refuse of what teeming shores of what shithole countries still look to our shores, our own wretched refuse, and aspire?
What hallucination, what hologram, what choking regurgitation or recapitulation still serves in slumber or sentience? …

On the days I don’t write poetry

My pen skids instead across a check; court fees covered, eviction evaded

I lock eyes with my best friend over her croissant and we explore practical, necessary questions, like

what kind of container can catch all the tears that fall from “this is…


In the legend, homeless camps are erected under billboards extolling life at conception

a man opens fire on a politicized pulpit, the pastor maskless and undefended

the charter school principal blinks, astonished and vapid, at the question: how many students receive free lunch?

No such thing as free lunch

Dear Ruby,

I must have met you in 2014. That’s what I think, anyway. Time gets distorted in moments of grief and loss — and it’s not all that easy to track anyway. I know I’m saying this to a dog, whose sense of time is vastly different from my…

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. Every murder perpetrated by poison, lying in wait, or any other kind of willful, deliberate, malicious, and premeditated killing; or committed in the perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, any arson, escape, murder, kidnapping…

Last year, gardening was at an all-time high.

It makes sense.

As people were displaced from business-as-usual; asked to work at home, asked to eat at home, asked to shop from home, asked to avoid social gatherings, they must’ve been feeling evicted from their pre-Coronavirus lives. Maybe they were bored…

I am surrogate





I am limited-edition




I am love like


sweetened with saccharine

and powdered creamer

not quite what they hope for


a superior alternative to

nothing at all

I never ask them

to open their wounds for me

it is…

Kristy Milligan

Truth teller. Grace giver.

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