The Last Book

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by Arif Riyanto

a true reader
an avid admirer of words
would never claim a book to themselves
if it were the last one on the shelf
unless they knew they would appreciate it
just as much — if not more — as the other potential reader

it requires both boldness and gentleness
to buy the last copy of a book in a bookstore

Allow The Flow

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by Nikita Taparia

never try to recreate past experiences
for they would only feel like desperate replicas
of the lived and gone past

just allow life to flow as it wills
for there are always
wonderful new experiences
waiting to manifest
if you only gave yourself
the chance to allow them into your world

Dwindling Potential

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by Eivind Hamran

i feel like i’m a bundle of dwindling potential

for i have all these ideas and all these dreams

without a single clue on how to go about

bringing them to life

i feel as though i am nothing but a shadow

of the life i could be creating for myself

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i wish it was in my own language that i befriended words
i wish it was in my mother tongue that poetry flowed through me
i wish, with deep anguish and shame, that i didn’t lose myself and stray away from the greatest language of all that i so happened to be luckily born into


photos by the incredibly talented Noor Al Ali