Monday, April 8, 2019 - 11:36pm
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Recently, during my 2 a.m. post-library attempt to fall asleep, I was scrolling through Twitter and fell upon a video by The Atlantic titled “Bulgaria: The World’s Fastest-Shrinking Country.” I clicked, intrigued. As the child of two Bulgarian immigrants, I am bilingual and culturally tuned to my ethnic background. But because I was born and raised in the United States, I am always curious to learn and understand more about Bulgaria. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 2:29am
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The smell of chlorine and freedom lives sharp in my mind.

I could recreate our bonfire dances for you.

 

But how can you not remember?

It is as if July slipped away, replaced

 

by fraying textbooks and burnt ramen soup.

I feel it on the soles of my feet: Pavement.

Burning. Solid. Neighborhood cement and chalk.

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 2:32pm
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The piano in my childhood home is tired. Her brown, fraying ivory sags with overuse and dulled keys sing softly — worn out from years of pounding fingers. Her exterior — covered in stickers and stamps and carved into with uncut fingernails — reeks of resignation. Old and abused, the bench squeaks with arthritic dejection when slid out into sunlight.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 5:19pm
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