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June 17, 2022

the eager heart is red: a haunting

Alison Lubar

Sunday 12:13 AM

hey, had a great time

tonight /sun-colored 



yeah me too


we should do it again

sometime /can you hear

the clink of these champagne

flutes/ there’s a great place

downtown w a great

HH special


Sunday 11:04 AM

(thumbs up)

i’ll check my work schedule

this week–that big project

coming up is going to be

a headache /purple pixel

monster a digital demon/blue

rivers on a yellow face, yellow

like your second-grade rain boots,

the middle yellow light as yield

or speed UP/


           (thumbs up)

yeah it sounded like it! you got

this, def /fist and bicep/is this

a high-five or a prayer?/


Tuesday 5:31 PM

hey you /a fallen parenthetical

right side up on a yolk-face/

what’s the rest of your week

like? how’s work work work


           (thumbs down)

ugh, annoying.



yeah, same. /solidarity heart

in red/ going out w some

friends for HH thursday

if you’re down.

same spot. /a glass filled

with something red/


           (heart, eager, pink,

           drowned in blue)

yeah maybe

Thursday 4:57 PM

headed out now! hope to 

see you there /three sparkles

as stars or effervescence burst/


Thursday 11:14 PM

hello hello hello /blackeyed

white sheet pink tongue

spectral death end end



/three grey dots like a tabletop

waltz drum then disappear/


/the ghost winks back/

Alison Lubar teaches high school English by day and yoga by night. They are a queer, nonbinary femme of color whose life work (aside from wordsmithing) has evolved into bringing mindfulness practices, and sometimes even poetry, to young people.  Their debut chapbook, Philosophers Know Nothing About Love, is out now with Thirty West (May 2022); you can find out more at or on Twitter @theoriginalison.

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