📢 Raise Your Voice Thread: 12/21/2023

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By Raise Your Voice by VocalPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
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Our “Raise Your Voice Threads” are hosted every other Thursday at 12PM ET to offer creators more avenues to uncover exceptional stories on Vocal. As we are continuously searching for fresh creators and inspiring stories, this thread provides an opportunity to exchange and discuss the stories that have moved and motivated us on Vocal.

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Judey Kalchik's poem, "For Becky," delves into themes of loneliness and regret with raw honesty. We empathize with the speaker's desire for courage and openness, admiring someone who faced similar challenges more boldly. "For Becky" expertly showcases Kalchik's ability to convey emotion, relatability, and exploration of the intricacies of human existence.

Now it's your turn. Share your favorite stories in the comments below.

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  • Roberto Marina Elena3 months ago

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  • Semoy Booker 4 months ago

    Hi, I'm Semoy. I've recently written poems and film critiques for Vocal. Check out this poem by Dharrsheena Raja Segarran https://vocal.media/poets/exsanguinate-km3qt05ej

  • simran sadangi4 months ago

    I recently discovered my interest in poetry, please check out my lastest post!https://vocal.media/poets/10th-of-december

  • JAY PATEL4 months ago

    It's amazing 😍 Please check my profile and read my article are you interested after then subscribe This is my profile link https://vocal.media/journal/vijayakanth-has-passed-away

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago

    Sorry, late to this this week, Christmas duties, but I love this, I found it hilarious. Just been sharing it with my family. https://vocal.media/humor/5-rules-of-writing-that-have-blasted-my-prose-into-the-cosmos

  • Doc Sherwood4 months ago

    In the spirt of the recent "graveyard challenge," as launched on our Discord channel, here's another oldie which has surprised me today with how well it still reads. Vocal veterans may remember the gold locket dystopian fiction challenge, back when the pandemic had left us all with more than a few bleak little fragments knocking around in our writerly heads! Emily Mejia here turned out something of a gem, in which contemporary anxieties and a human drama play out against the backdrop of a masterfully eerie Cloverfield-meets-Evangelion apocalypse. If you're a fan of the latter you'll just love the "Adams" we briefly glimpse, whilst I defy any and all readers not to love the closing line. Emily hasn't been heard of since, but it's always possible she'll still receive email notification of any comments. You can read her story "Two Years In" at the link below! https://vocal.media/fiction/two-years-in

  • JBaz4 months ago

    Ok one more : Celia in Underland writes a spunky, witty and laughably profound piece, worth Teo or three reads to appreciate the talent: https://vocal.media/poets/badassery

  • JBaz4 months ago

    JBaz here again. I know this one received a Top Story but if you haven’t read it I highly recommend you do. This compelling and humours tale unfolds into a splendid read. By Gerard DiLeo https://vocal.media/fiction/chain-of-fools

  • Celia in Underland4 months ago

    And this by Hannah Moore, hearbreaking but stunning https://vocal.media/poets/we-ate-fish-on-fridays

  • Celia in Underland4 months ago

    And I've been waiting two weeks to add this one, it has really stuck with me. from, J Delaney Howe https://vocal.media/families/a-broken-hero

  • Celia in Underland4 months ago

    This is extremely beautiful https://vocal.media/writers/a-christmas-miracle-um3ei0vgf and would really like to see it get some more love 🤍

  • Mohammed Darasi4 months ago

    Hello everyone. Mohammed here, and I write stories, poetry, and some random interesting articles you can find on my profile (been writing mostly poetry as of recently). I haven't been on this thread (or vocal in general) for a while because of work but looking forward to reading some good stories. Here's a link to a recent poem called "Listen" by Matthew, which I felt was quite powerful with the message it portrayed: https://vocal.media/poets/listen-yo160c18

  • Judey Kalchik 4 months ago

    And lastly- this is the Villanelle that gave the final push to me to try my hand at the form. That Paul Stewart could convey so much in just five stanzas showed me how powerful the form can be. https://vocal.media/poets/let-the-poor-and-downtrodden-sing

  • Judey Kalchik 4 months ago

    Speaking of families: Jim (J. Delaney-Howe) has a superb touch describing relationships. And that they do so amidst a year that has brought such personal grief is moving all on its own. Here is their latest, and boy- I can so relate. https://vocal.media/families/a-broken-hero

  • Judey Kalchik 4 months ago

    The Atomic Historian has such moving pieces about the relationship with fathers. This one got me in the feels. https://vocal.media/poets/father-a54fj05hm

  • Judey Kalchik 4 months ago

    I'm sharing a rather diverse group of posts that jumped out at me over the past few weeks. There would have been a few more, but Vocal already gave the Top Story nods! This one, by River, is raw and also brave: they use their own artwork to illustrate. https://vocal.media/poets/cement-and-honey

  • Mackenzie Davis4 months ago

    It’s become clear I write super inconsistently here, but when I do, it’s poetry or an essay; perhaps you’ll get lucky and read a super short fiction piece too. Anyway, here’s my picks: Ava Mack’s Unspoken entry is criminally under-read. It’s a masterpiece, and you must read it NOW. https://vocal.media/fiction/the-duet Amanda Starks’ poem utterly captivated me! https://vocal.media/poets/into-my-grave Andrei’s incredibly sad poem. I adore it; gorgeous heartbreak. https://vocal.media/poets/nowhere-near

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    Ciao, which is Italian for hello and goodbye, depending on context. Language lesson over. Paul here, that Scottish arsehole that writes poetry, fiction, horror, satire, postcards, placards, post-its. Blah blah. Hope we are all doing well and things. So...I want to put forward a few things: Mesh Toraskar - Renaissance - https://vocal.media/poets/renaissance-876e0997 - powerful, sublime, stunning, all those kinds of words. Hannah Moore - Broken - https://vocal.media/poets/broken-695680vef Kristen Balyeat - Raven - https://vocal.media/poets/r-a-v-e-n Also, wanted to just pop this here - it's the results to my recent Most Favourite and Least Favourite Words Poetry Challenge - https://vocal.media/writers/most-favourite-and-least-favourite-words-poetry-challenge-the-winners-alfu0972 - 18 splendid poems.

  • JBaz4 months ago

    I am Jason Basaraba, known as JBaz on vocal. This was a great year I learned alot and read even more. I found some new creators and continue to be awed by ones I already followed. This story by J.S. Wade has added a new twist to the holiday.a who dunnit https://vocal.media/fiction/here-s-to-your-happiness

  • Judey Kalchik 4 months ago

    I am gobsmacked to see this poem featured here. It is an example of taking pain and using it to inspire as the experience is worked through. Truly- you have made my day by sharing it.

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