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GEMELO MEXICANO

AMALIA COSTA (United Kingdom)

We act like we're pleasantly thrust together instead of family bound by grief and love.

CANBERRA OCEAN

ENLING LIAO (Australia)

Thirty-two nights without seeing a star

Bright shining, good luck, good luck for me.

DISLOCATE

KATE GARDNER (United States)

And the sea has many teeth, far more than I. But if we are one then I have all the same teeth.

INFINITY (COLLAPSED)

CAROLINE DINH (United States)

Sometimes I like to collapse infinity 

into a single point in time I label “now.”

ROSE

HUYENTRAN NGOMAI (United States)

There was a girl in class that Rose really wanted to play with, but she didn’t know what to say.

WALTZ ANOTHER NIGHT AWAY

AIKA ADAMSON (United States)

The night comes with a special kind of softness,

where the music swells.

DILIGENCE

KAREN UMEORA (United States)

My mom got me a goldfish . I didn’t even want it. She told me it’d teach me diligence.

WE NEED A DOG

EVE DONALDSON (United Kingdom)

"But Dad, a dog is the animal for me— 

I'll take it for walks and I'll make him his tea."

GEMELO MEXICANO

ASHTON PERFECTO (United States)

I am an American boy

with a Mexican twin.

NEGRO SWAN: ALBUM REVEW

AURELLI LAZUARDI (Singapore)

Negro Swan allows Devonté Hynes to address his struggles as a young black man in the UK.

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HIM

ARIELLE LINN (Myanmar)

In the thousand faceless poems I've read

the moon has never been named a "him."

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JILL

MAYA LINSLEY (Canada)

Jill climbed the dusty, rotting steps, and her upper half disappeared into the gloom.

Several months ago, when the young writers composed the pieces featured in this issue, they could scarcely imagine that their work would be published in a time of global pandemic. COVID-19 has disrupted the structure and routine of our daily lives. Today, we’re concerned about what is to come. But, as in all times of turmoil, words remain a vital source of comfort, solidarity, and hope. 

 

As these pieces by young writers around the world remind us, some things are now more important than ever. Music and dance connect and move us; we marvel at the moon and the trees and the ocean; adolescents can be forgetful; family remains a source of love and loss; childhood is a time of vibrant wonder. 

 

I invite you to read these poems, stories, reflections, and picture books - and take hope. And, most of all, I invite you to look forward to the moment of clarity and connectedness that Enling Liao (Australia) describes in her poem “Canberra Ocean”:

 

And we are all there - 

Congregated, solemn, dancing, ones by ones and eights by eights, on this

Single. solitary

Point. 

- David Weinstein, Founder, Write the World LLC

 

Write the World Review is an online journal showcasing work from the best international young writers. It includes poetry, short fiction, personal narrative and reflection, travel and food writing, film and book reviews, and much more. If you are 13-18, we welcome your submissions!

 

The journal is an extension of Write the World, a vibrant online community where students ages 13–18 from around the world can draft and publish work, respond to weekly prompts in a variety of genres, exchange feedback and ideas, enter monthly competitions, and much more.

Happy Writing!

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