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Forces

Forces is an annual publication sponsored by the Humanities and Communications and Fine Arts divisions of Collin College. Forces welcomes all contributions of poetry, fiction, black and white/color photography, and visual art from members of the Collin College community.

For questions regarding submissions, contact Editor-in-Chief Scott Yarbrough. For technical issues, please contact the administrator.

See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.

Click HERE to submit to Forces.

Current Volume: Volume 2017 (2017)

Editor Notes

FORCES 2017 reflects a time of change, one of those periods when the earth seems to tilt awkwardly on its axis – as it does from time to time. Thus, we are challenged to see if we are all thrown into some off-balanced, disastrous wobble, or conversely, to see if it’s time for thoughtful assessment and to methodically catch our balance. It’s almost as if Atlas, having taken his discomfort as long as possible, set down the earth for a moment to scratch his nose; we must look at our world anew when it is shaken; we must rise to meet the challenge, even if we didn’t or did necessarily want it. Consider how, in this issue, cancer brings two estranged sisters back together rather than destroying their relationship, how an African American daughter embraces being a seventh-generation female acknowledging the drastic changes over those generations and that that is what makes her her, a breakup that leads a woman not to depression but to empowerment, a loss of a love that leads one to cherish memories taken for granted rather than drown in her suffering, a woman empowered by her final conscious choice to break from expected feminine stereotypes and to finally embrace herself, or a church congregation able to forgive a church shooter, even when the law cannot – these are not the responses expected to those “wobbly moments” at all, at all, at all. FORCES 2017 is an uplifting issue celebrating the moments of our lives that define us – in spite of ourselves – as human and humane.

Thank you to Dr. H. Neil Matkin, Collin College district president; the Board of Trustees and Dr. Donald Weasenforth, dean of academic affairs who continue to support FORCES.

Special thanks to the student editors, Marlene Miller, Donna Kinder, Heather Darrow and the Public Relations Department.

Complete Issue

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Forces 2017
R. Scott Yarbrough

Photographs

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Sintra Protugal
Amanullah Khan

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It's Personal
Rebecca Hays

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Untitled
Alfred Long

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Chalk Hands
Shelby Hotz

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Walk the Steps
Andrew Barba

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Morning Rays
Shelby Hotz

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Temple
Craig Erickson

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Watchful Eye
Alex Giovinazzo

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Stomp
Kelly McNett

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Rehearsal
Samantha Mills

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The Bees Knees
Rebecca Hays

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Ghosted Memories
Hayley Earnest

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Full Moon Church
Alex Giovinazzo

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Untitled
Michael Nguyen

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Shaggon Waggon
Hayley Earnest

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City's Tears
Andrew Barba

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Blood Sweat
Alex Giovinazzo

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Virgin Lips
Kelly McNett

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Veiled Lips
Kelly McNett

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Untitled
Michael Nguyen

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Self Infatuation
Amanullah Khan

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Emory Peak
Shelby Hotz

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Limeston and Rivers
Andrew Barba

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Window to the World Below
Nirisha Garimella

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Capture One
Alberto Gutierrez

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Pears
Alberto Gutierrez

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Navaho Tea
Anna Boling

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Untitled
Michael Nguyen

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Christine
Alfred Long

Poems

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Writer's Block
Abigail Hitt

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At Twilight
Jiaan Powers

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Believer
Mamie Walters

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Atlas
Amy Myrick

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Labors of Chemistry
Teddy Lishan Desta

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Wall of Stone
Beth Turner Ayers

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The Glock and The Cross
Teddy Lishan Desta

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Empty Space
Jessica Gonsoulin

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La Mar
Molly Brown

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Never Ending Story
David Knape

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To Love a God
Abigail Hitt

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Muse Ing
Michael Leyzerzon

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On Losing a Sister
Amanullah Khan

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R is for Regret
Anna Boling

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Retrieval
Jiaan Powers

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Seventh
Anaiyah Delight Walker

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She Shall Have Culture
Linda Ann Suddarth

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The Love Game A Spoken Word
Kelly Anne Triece

Short Stories

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Amaranthine
Trexiea Hernandez

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That Guy
Claire Parde

Essays

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Introduction
Scott Yarbrough

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Balance of Power
Hannah Hightower

Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Scott Yarbrough