HYPERNOVA LIT

A Stellar Flare of Young Adult Writing and Visual Art

The School Lawn, October 11

BY ANONYMOUS October 11, 2017. I stand outside on the school lawn while families swarm into the school building for Parents’ Day Weekend. The day before, I was glad my … Continue reading

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What Are We Hiding?

BY YVETTE AGUILAR August 9 He hasn’t moved, or shifted his glance. I don’t think he ever will. He’s only a few feet away, but  he won’t acknowledge my presence. … Continue reading

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The Lazarus Effect

BY SAMANTHA HERNANDEZ A singular raindrop falls down on my head. I look up at the gray sky and one raindrop turns to a downpour in the blink of an … Continue reading

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An Infinite Abyss

BY SHREYA KHULLAR July 10, 1991 I walked to Elijah. He was wearing his signature beige trousers, harnessed by a pair of black suspenders. He sat under his cottonwood tree, … Continue reading

September 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

forever

BY AFIFA IMRAN How can we believe in forever?When the universe is obliged to destructWhere every grain of sandDissolves within the seaBurying its treasuresTo safe keepWhere emotions are nothingBut a … Continue reading

September 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Great Friend of Mine

BY WRITECETERA_PLUMA Dedicated to Jenprecy Salazar I was once a lonely girl who seems to be bored and blueI’m looking for a true friend who’ll stay with me ‘til the … Continue reading

September 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mountains of Love

BY ALBERT HE From the very first time I saw you in that adorable dress of trees,I knew you were specialThose flowing clouds of hairand that colorful, vibrant personality of … Continue reading

September 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Five Poems

BY ARDEN YUM mother tongueHow twisted is itto reduce language into a stringof sounds I don’t understand. To attach melodyto conversation, playing in an elevator. Goingup. My feet off the … Continue reading

September 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Echos

BY ALYSSA BELLE Broken pottery shards rest at my feet/I shout but all I hear is echos/They reverberate around in my head/Shaking my cold, pale hands/Eating away at my fading … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Hope

BY AMANDA RICCI Have you ever felt trapped behind metal bars?Or watched all your cuts turn to scarsHave you tried to escape a pain in your soul?But just couldn’t seem … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Dear Alzheimers

BY ALLISON W. Dear Alzheimers, In my eighteen years of existence, I have watched you grow and take over some of the most vulnerable, most precious pieces of my life. … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Girl of Class

BY ALISON SWANITZ She traipses down the hall like she’s made of glass. Delicate, an ornate work of art carefully carved and polished to stand out from the rest, to … Continue reading

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Hopeless Life

BY AMIN ABDULLAH A hopeless sight, that’s all what in my lifetrying to speak for the better but every time something makes me quiet.No light in my morning, dark is … Continue reading

September 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Gaia’s Silent Regret

Star BY ALEXA THEOFANIDISitalicized lines are taken from Maggie Nelson’s Bluets Long before either wave or particle;before light perched in the fleshof our scorched skirts; when his eyestugged at the … Continue reading

September 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Vicious Cycle

BY ADITYA AGGARWAL Salad Days is a poem discussing the lessons I’velearned throughout my childhood. Around the middle ofthe poem, I provide a single lesson that has changed mylife profoundly. … Continue reading

September 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Orphanage

BY NICK UNNIKRISHNAN I was tired and sleepy and felt like I was going to pass out. My muscles burned from exhaustion. On the dark, gloomy highway I stuck my … Continue reading

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

This One is On Fire

BY ADELA XHEZA The first words that Nonna said when I was born was “questo è in fiamme.” This one is on fire. We all thought that she was talking … Continue reading

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The Different Types of Love

BY ALEFIYA PRESSWALA People always try to define the word love, but there are so many types and forms of love, there’s no single way to say exactly what it … Continue reading

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A Silver Ring

BY AOIFE O’CONNELL The cell smells of piss and dirt, and it reminds Dee of her old apartment. When she had moved into the abandoned building, the squatters were ubiquitous … Continue reading

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AMERICAN DREAMING: TWO POEMS

BY ANNA KIESEWETTER Ethnic We pretend to be ethnic—absurd reminiscencesof a world we’ve never known.We drape ourselves inour mother’s hanfu,fold thin paper intoornate hand-held fansas the world looks on at … Continue reading

September 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Word

BY AARON ZHAO Immigrant. The word lingered in Matthew’s mind as he kicked a tuft of grass on the wet field, strolling in solitude. His classmates laughed at him from … Continue reading

September 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Small Like Grain

BY AMY LIU Did you know that peoples flocked to our homeland, small like grain? They brought their moms & dads & children to this dreamland, small like grain. Oceans … Continue reading

August 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Amongst the Stars

BY JENNY CHEN The girl who gave me the universe In pale hands splattered with speckles of orange Her eyes mirrored the blue painted into the sky at 7 pm … Continue reading

August 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Label Yourself

BY ABIGAIL FISHER In the Style of Lorrie Moore 2018. Your history class learns about the Stonewall Riots. Pretend you’ve never heard of the event. Ask enough questions to show … Continue reading

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Finding Yourself Fading Away

BY LAYA REDDY I was always sitting on the outer edge of the group A lone meteor in weak orbit I had no words that could get their gravity to  … Continue reading

August 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Mirror

BY ELISE BALDEMORE The mirror So prim and proper, Held the ghastly reflection Of a young girl Within its very glass. Captivating her She stared long and hard, Not able … Continue reading

July 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

I Guess I’m Kind of Liberal

BY MACY PERRINE The thing about wearing a feminist shirt to school is that I live in Wisconsin. We’re not technically conservative, but we are also not California. The only … Continue reading

July 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Shards

BY SRUTHI KALAVACHERLA broken and hurt used trapped in her nightmare. long nights, dirty money a wench to their desires they say there is no varnish to protect her from … Continue reading

July 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Maybe I Hate Your Poetry

BY LILLY SABELLA Maybe I hate your poetry and maybe I hope you drown in your metaphors if you’d step away from your word of black microphones and spotlights dressed … Continue reading

July 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Little Girl Made of Mirrors

BY HALEY HIBSMAN She struts shamelessly Why shouldn’t she She is flawless Every person’s dream But like us all she has a flaw She is made of mirrors She reflects … Continue reading

July 20, 2019 · Leave a comment