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Sheree La Puma

Sheree La Puma is an award-winning writer whose personal essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in or are forthcoming in The American Journal of Poetry, WSQ, Chiron Review, Juxtaprose, The Rumpus, Plainsongs, Into The Void, and I-70 Review, among others. She has a micro-chapbook, The Politics of Love, due out in August with Ghost City Press and a chapbook, Broken: Do Not Use, due out in 2021 with Main Street Rag. She received an MFA in Writing from California Institute of the Arts and taught poetry to former gang members.

Olivia Jade Won’t Return To USC

Here in LA, we measure ourselves
in moments. Angels on the corner,

Hollywood & Vine. Multiplicity our
strength. Lies we tell ourselves. During

the Super Bloom, Nipsey Hussle takes a
bullet to the head. A helicopter lands in

a poppy field. Racial tolerance is a myth.
There are multiple Americas blanketing

the same beach, Venice. Off the 405, a
billion-dollar reconstructed bridge,

a family makes a home of plastic, beneath
20,000 cars. This is how we accommodate

suffering. Here in LA, headlines read
“Olivia Jade won’t return to USC.”
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