Artwork © Ira Joel Haber


earl grey

my tea turns cold as i sit there and stir
faster and faster, i stir
the tiny spoon, the instrument of death
the earl grey becoming more and more like it’s name
as i sit there and stir
my monotonous spins worry my shaking hands
unable to stop
why is it the same?
why is it the same?
detailed petals, deep beyond the grey
makes me think of the ocean
the endless beyond
my shaking hands
gripping, grasping,
unable to fend
the sharks and the tea bag


Ellie Miller is a high school junior in St. Pete, Florida, studying at Saint Petersburg High School in the International Baccalaureate program. When she is not writing poetry, she can often be found pouring over her textbooks at local coffee shops, watching her favorite films (Good Will Hunting, Midnight In Paris, Frances Ha), and perfecting the aesthetic of her Spotify playlists (usually filled with music from Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Phoebe Bridgers, and Bleachers).

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had nine one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum,The Albright-Knox Art Gallery & The Allen Memorial Art Museum. Since 2006 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 300 online and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Creative Artists Public Service Grant (CAPS) two Pollock-Krasner grants, two Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grants and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. in 2017 & 2018 he received the Brooklyn Arts Council SU-CASA artist-in-residence grant.