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Cierra Martin as Alissa Violent

under the deep twist of dark,

a night unsure of end

unhinges our too rusted bodies

burning sage about our bones-


we rise to the occasion.

tracing time on our skin,

speckles of sun and silk

christening lips to glass


we melt this liberation to palatable

palindromes i’d tuck behind your

collar bone; redder now with

pressing decadence


we coat ourselves in it.

dancing fingertips into morning

we sew this new religion into our jackets

conserving revolution for another noon


Amen Icy Cinema.

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Character Biography

Alissa Violent is a fiery gamer who adorns the skulls of her digital victims in violets. Alissa carries a D20 in her bra (when she wears one) so she can properly judge your spirit. Give her a few ‘likes’ and maybe she’ll roll in your favor."

P R O F E S S I O N A L B I O G R A P H Y

Cierra Martin is a Brooklyn based poet who doesn't like to admit she's from Staten Island. While finishing up her dual Media Criticism and English Literature degrees at Hunter College, she works as a recruitment assistant by day and performer of poetry by night. She is a Muse scholar and the recipient of the Mary McElligott award for analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnets. She believes the most essential part of her poetic journey has been in learning how to create and curate words to express herself through other channels- even if it means dancing around writing a poem she knows she should have written by now.