Poetry

Paqtasultieg

Musigisg ewniaq, the sky is turning blue: aurorae humming electric dreaming among the clouds.   Milamu’gl jugo’tui: Bring me the different colors of a murmuration of strange birds taking to air when dawn arrives.   Paqtasultieg, We are shining bright in the three suns of a new stratosphere, watching limb reach to limb in the […]

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Future Saints

But who would pray to you, supply your canonization?   First, all is muted, a green, speckled wash, and a balding man has just heard the worst news of his life, and your name comes to him as gently as a silver blanket placed on the face of a planetless child, the cry for help […]

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Of Monsters I Loved

I spent years pulling my heart out from behind my ribs, certain that I didn’t need it, that barking mess, making all that noise— I threw it to the wolves, took their offering of teeth, thinking I could rid myself of the whole aching creature— but it kept coming back, loyal and broken, a resilient […]

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Fish Out of Water

In my dream all the women were there because it was a women’s college some of them had attended and we were seated around a wooden table. I was brought a fish, silverscaled: a salmon, I believe. I fed it a goldfish. —Now your fish is pregnant, they told me —you must carry it everywhere. […]

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bargain | bin

A stranger’s shirt on my back, sweat-sour, I weave a tangled arithmetic through a sea of ink to pawn off dented yellow helm and a pair of blue-stained sleeves for an onigiri.   On the polished arcade floor leaning against a shuttered Westwood you are shamefully out of fashion, on the borderlands of expiry, and […]

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