Issue 16

The Stiff Room

Care of the body after death: Close the mouth before the body starts to stiffen.

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Issue 16

Strawberries

Other girls keep taking their clothes off in front of me.

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Issue 16

Finding My Turtle Power

I never once heard my tinamatua (grandmother) speaking Samoan when I was a kid. None of my aunties or my mum could speak the language either.

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Issue 16

An Elegy for the Land

I. A month after my grandfather dies from pancreatic cancer, my grandmother chops down his cactus in their front yard.

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Issue 16

#8

As the plane ascends, I feel the descent within me: clenches, releases, involuntary and indiscreet, sudden saturation. Waves of nausea, the dizziness.

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Issue 16

Heart Escape

It was settled. Her heart had turned into a furry creature. The doctors couldn’t tell her how it happened, but it was the only conclusion they reached.

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Issue 16

House of Dragons

When Katie thought of the family home, it was the red gates that she remembered most clearly.

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Issue 16

Grit

Alone in the dark hours of morning, I computer-track my son’s progress in the Kona Ironman, a thin blue line edging across a screen.

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Issue 16

Not Drowning But Waving

I edge closer, close enough to read the words in the thought bubble in the larger-than-life comic book painting.

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