This selection, chosen by guest curator and Sundress intern Stephi Cham, is from Flowing Water, Falling Flowers by X.H. Collins, released by MWC Press in 2020.
Excerpt from Chapter 1: Chicago, 2017
Women are made of water. So says a Chinese proverb. Water is so soft that it changes itself to fit whatever shape it is allowed to be. But water can also turn an angled and rough rock into a round and smooth pebble, erode the mountain that blocks its flow and capsize a ship it carries.
If I were an ideal woman, by this notion, I would be soft yet persistent enough to turn Harriton, my angled rock into the round pebble that I could hold on to.
I met him at an annual conference of our disciplines. We connected instantly, as if we were long-lost friends. We sat next to each other in the audience, during the panel discussions, and at the lunch table. We visited a used book store on the last day of the conference, while his wife was at a flower-arranging workshop. He kissed me between shelves filled with dusty history books, some of them hand-bound. I kissed him back.
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