Normality: a Poem

A few weeks ago, Unilever announced they will stop using the word “normal” on their beauty products and advertising as part of their positive beauty vision. Normality is a social construct based on subjective standards, and we should try to change that. After reading up on their announcement (which you can check out on the…

Survival, Not Service

Ring up the water Charge for the beef Clean the belt Hold the grief Stock the shelves the essential goods for the crowds come tomorrow to feed their families their neighbors But what about the cashier ringing, ringing? Life or Death for the Paycheck Hunger, not Sickness Survival, not service Martyr for the Elite disposable…

Where’s Johnny?

A B C 1 2 3 20 pairs of eyes focused on 1 crayons everywhere maybe 1 eating glue four square, game of tag lunchtime’s fun bell rings it’s time to learn Everyone. Have a great spring break! never return desks empty crayons put away 20 pairs of eyes turned to 15 Where’s Johnny? no…

Upon the Eve of War

many moons waiting pulling on a tightrope locked inside a cold war miles and miles walking in my Name without my face Du Bois’s double consciousness splitting my spirit say this and that not that and this morph into a machine the Establishment will be proud yet I am not proud of me “Blk Girl…

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About Me

Hello! I’m Nicole, founder of Zelly & Ol’ Hem’s and author of Beleco. I am a consultant by day and writer by night. I am a first-time published novelist but not first-time published writer. I have written academic pieces for The Lower Danube University of Galati’s peer-reviewed journal Studium and Saint Edward’s University’s literary journal Sorin Oak Review.

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