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Love is a canvas with salt stains
on the wrist, hard wind nursed in
serpentine surfs, tuft of herons
turned white knitting rain to sails.
you think I is the monster?
nah—I is just a funeral procession
with canine teeth.
The portals began appearing four months ago. We were curious, like everyone, but they were rare and strange and didn’t matter.
I meet the god of small chances in a hospital waiting room, amidst the smell of unwashed bodies and overwashed floors.
The response to the first submissions period for Arsenika was massive—we received over 800 submissions from more than 35 countries. Many of the pieces were excellent, and it was difficult to make the final decisions. But ultimately we culled the issue down to the six pieces here, with authors representing five different countries. Laurel Amberdine’s […]
I recall lying next to my sister, saying,
“Those with machine lungs don’t know how to exhale love.
Why do they come here to us?”
separating what is from what could be
I’d erase all the borders
I would melt the walls
edit history for you
if I could change time