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Two Poems by Emerson Holmes

Updated: Mar 2, 2020

Emerson Holmes attends Lindenwood University and is working on his English Literature degree. He is on the editorial staff for Lindenwood’s Arrowrock Journal, and has been previously published in the Eunoia Review and Crab Fat Magazine. He identifies as queer, and his work often reflects that. For inquiries, contact him at

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