“For Gertrude” by Nikita Liza

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For Gertrude
by Nikita Liza


Art is heavy.
It has a weight like the inside of an expanding solar system.
The gravity pushing in and out at the same time like
the stars are finally taking a second to inhale. exhale.

Art is sweet.
Like candy coated candy that you saved from last Halloween
because that costume was hard work, but you know it would pay off
and May is the time when sweets taste sweeter.

Art is thriving.
It’s true. We’re sitting in a park and there is a poet sitting
in every direction, music is playing, and when I arrived,
families were kicking up dirt in a dance to show
that we’ve been celebrating for generations.

Art is dense.
Deep and dark and drowned in salty tears and all those words
we haven’t been able to just say yet because sometimes words
are not enough. Sometimes, it has to be clouded by memory and
injury in order to really make sense at all.

Art is art is art. Ask Gertrude Stein, she’ll point you in the right direction.


Leah Korbin art

“Sisters II,” Leah Korbin

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Nikita Liza is a fresh-faced, wide-eyed poet from Los Angeles. She has written about every flower she knows the name of, and spends a significant amount of her time cloud watching. Nikita graduated in 2012 from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Poetry. She has self published two poetry chapbooks, "Murmur" and "Infiltrate the Orbits" which she bound by hand on any flat surface she could find. She has been published in Falling Star Magazine for a memoir piece about being a princess for children's parties. Her pride comes from co-founding and creating Atomic Tangerine Press, the grassroots literary agents who birthed Poetry Solves Problems-- an all inclusive community movement inspired by the passion and love of Los Angeles' creative forces. Nikita is convinced you can never look at the moon for too long and that poetry really can solve problems. For more info on Poetry Solves Problems and future events go to​.

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