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Mace & Crown | March 24, 2018

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Posts ByBriel Felton, Author at Mace & Crown

Creative Enclave: “Coffee with a Stranger” Part 1 by Ann Garcia

January 31, 2018 |

Coffee with a Stranger

Part 1

by Ann Garcia


June 17, 3016

Elissa sighed, staring out the window at the gray sky. Her shoulders slumped and her eyes drooped with exhaustion – god, what she wouldn’t do for some actual coffee right now.

Coffee hadn’t … Read More

Creative Enclave: “A Ghost Story” by Patricia Reese

January 31, 2018 |

A Ghost Story

by Patricia Reese

“Hello?” A girl’s voice. Soft, sweet. Out of place in this mortal, rotting slab of house, like classical music crackling over a radio.

“I’m sorry for disturbing you, it’s just -” Don’t be sorry. “- I wanted … Read More

Creative Enclave: “Wonder” by Jalen Young

January 31, 2018 |


by Jalen Young

What do you sound like?

How does my name fit between your teeth

Does it gnaw

Does it mesh

Or does it slowly leave those pink lips

in sweet soliloquy

What do your hands feel like beneath mine

Are they sweaty

Are they heavy

Are they nervous

Are … Read More

Creative Enclave: “composite lover” by Josh Whitener

January 31, 2018 |

composite lover


by Josh Whitener


late July I sat, parked

engine running, radio low

only a commercial and no melody

I was angry

at a cornucopia of things

you: for not choosing me

myself: for making you a composite lover

how I doted on my mother

at my father

for showing … Read More

Creative Enclave: “Questionable Love?” by Arlynn Parker

January 31, 2018 |

Questionable Love?

by Arlynn Parker

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Their lovemaking was like two hyenas clawing each other over scraps of meat they scratched and laughed as if they … Read More

Creative Enclave: “4 Years of Delight” by Caitlin Helveston

January 31, 2018 |

4 Years of Delight

by Caitlin Helveston

Dark shadows and bright lights

Lead me to my future just ahead

It’s so far out of reach

Yet so close to my feet


The pile of misery

Pushes down on my shoulders

And assignments pile over my head

Why must I … Read More

Creative Enclave: “Celestia” by Wendell Ward

January 31, 2018 |


by Wendell Ward

Her style was musty thrift store, And I swear I saw a mite Buzzing the dried-up feather She’d taped to her Robin Hood hat.

Her lashes: a burned-out forest Clumped with ashes and soot, But her eyes! How they … Read More

The Rise of the New Monarchy: Following an ODU Alum’s Rise to Fame in the Octagon

October 5, 2017 |

Josh Castro | Contributing Writer

As a sound like thunder began to fill the Ted Constant Center, Chris Mecate stared blankly down the hallway, his eyes locked keenly on the black steel cage in the center of the arena. The warrior … Read More

A Nationwide Brotherhood: The NFL Unites Against Social Injustice

October 5, 2017 |

Jazzmyn Bradley | Contributing Writer

It has been over a year since The Kaepernick Effect has taken the nation by storm. Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49er quarterback, began protesting the national anthem in August of 2016. His initial silent … Read More

Women Writers Epistle to Saphho

October 4, 2017 |

Caitlin Helveston


Dear Sappho,

It is a tragedy that your works were burned and only fragments remain. You are the great creator of Sapphic meter that was left of your name. Women then and women now struggle just to live their lives … Read More

Coffee With a Stranger

October 4, 2017 |

Ann Garcia


Elissa sighed, staring out the window at the gray sky. Her shoulders slumped and her eyes drooped with exhaustion – god, what she wouldn’t do for some actual coffee right now.

Coffee hadn’t been around for almost 50 years; after … Read More


October 4, 2017 |

Richard Gabrintina

I wonder about strangers

that sit alone on empty park benches. Those characters dissolve in the background

like A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

As lonely as cookie crumbs buried in the sofa,

they watch the earth spin on … Read More


October 4, 2017 |

Matthew Meier


I have stood on your steps, Lincoln,

my soul has been reflected

by the murky mirror of your pond,

petitioning my heart for answers

to questions I fear may go unresolved.


Oh mighty Washington!

My nervous eyes are open wide

against your tower of integrity,

coercing me … Read More

Just Because I’m Different

October 4, 2017 |

Gabi Martinez


Just because I’m different

Don’t be negative towards me

Just because I’m different

It doesn’t mean I’m an outsider

Just because I’m different

You can still get to know me

Just because I’m different

I don’t like being considered “normal”

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Enlightenment Overshadowed

October 4, 2017 |

Matthew Gardner


Enlightenment overshadowed! Overshadowed by Prejudice’s veil

Mankind, assuming itself wise, intelligent, and learned, learns merely ignorance

Enlightenment lies shadowed by the senses still

Humility alone grants deliverance


Believing themselves enlightened by their sight,

Men see nothing

To be enslaved by Prejudice’s dominion is a dreadful … Read More

a history of all things considered

October 4, 2017 |

Josh Whitener



please take me off your call list

talk is cheap now with inflation

and my time is worth more

than my pride


is your daddy alright

puffing half lit cigarettes to life,

head buried in spread hands?

is your sister proud of you

leading black sheep away … Read More