Category Archives: Writing

The Thing in the Sky (1)

Sand stuck to skin from sweat. I kicked up grains of sand onto the backs of my legs and arms during 100- and 200-meter sprints. I exercised along the beach then repeated it, walking—a personal workout routine to build my … Continue reading

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El Yunque Hike (revised)

I anticipated chimpanzeesrhythmically swinging from trees,belching intimidating grunts;I anticipated multicolored parrotsswooping over the canopy of treesas vigorous and refreshing rain massaged our bodies,keeping us composedand soon run for shelterunder oversized palm leaves.  El Yunque was still,and the sun mocked usas we hiked.“No one can … Continue reading

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Upon Realizing My Uncle is a Pedophile

After my best friend left, and we were in the clear, my uncle asked, “Is she good?” My friend was 15. I was 16. “Yeah, she’s good. She’s nice. . . Why?” I responded. “No,” he responded. “I mean, in … Continue reading

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Card Counting #1: Talking to the Ancestors

“I used to have a racist Chinese friend who changed his name to sound more European. . .”–Stephen Earley Jordan II Continue reading

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A Poem for the Darth Vader in Black Boys

New poem by Stephen Earley Jordan II, author of “Gods Mourn Too” a collection of essays on writing, questions for thought. Continue reading

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Rejected: Taking a Chance With Your Writing

Five reasons why your writing may be rejected from publication. . . Continue reading

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Sudden Fiction: “Black Shine”

“. . . His thick hands held a sheet cake in a plastic rectangle container. Blackness chafed from his fingers, leaving a bit of the dark shine on the plastic container. . . ” Continue reading

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5 Ways to Make Your Writing Stand Out

New Essay, “5 Ways to Make Your Writing Stand Out” by Stephen Earley Jordan II #WritingTips #BlackAuthors #Literature #Poetry #Fiction Continue reading

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Perception is Reality

“Poem with Shakespearean and other literary references. . . ” Continue reading

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Feral Child, Feral World

Short essay analyzing short story “Feral Child” by Stephen Earley Jordan II and public shaming of men, primarily within the latin community; domestic and child abuse; and developing characters for your stories. Continue reading

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