Down the 210: A poem

Illustration of a car speeding down a freeway at night, with the moon in the background
Elaine Chung/Staff

Driving down the 210 tastes bittersweet when the moon takes the stage,
and the stars are floating, hanging on invisible strings like puppets,
peppering the dark universe with false semblance of light and hope.
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Derivative

Reading Life Closely

My “alternative” teenage eyes roll so hard they almost cut a sunroof into the car. For many former edgy high schoolers, this likely brings back memories.
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To write you down

Reading Life Closely

Inexperienced in the art of casual dating, I did not land gracefully. Instead I tucked myself away and wrote poems.
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Getting to know my other half

Recently, my solution has been to write with a split mindset. The first is sporadic, energetic and only cares about spilling anything onto the page, proper grammar or not. The second tries to understand the first, refine its work, and yes, consult a stylebook.
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The sky out here

Reading life closely

The rich literary history of this city weaves a web around me that I wonder if I’m experiencing my surroundings directly or rereading someone else’s thoughts.
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Wham bam thank you, slam!

No Experience Necessary

Cal Slam’s open mic nights offered a perfect opportunity for me to test my poetic chops in the Berkeley slam poetry scene, and the theme for the event was womxns’ health. After a few hours of unproductive scribbling, I realized I had no idea where to start, especially with my given topic. So I spoke with Elise Dimick, a slam poetry veteran, for some tips on writing a respectable poem.
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