This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Book of Levitations by Jenny Sadre-Orafai & Anne Champion, released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2020.
Tarot Deck for Ravaged Memories
Your card is the Empress—she holds a knife for a scepter. She has skin under her nails and claw marks on her belly. There are no men in this deck, but every card throws a shadow on the table in the shape of something a man did to you once. When you overturn The Lovers card, crows peck at the bones of carrion. The Sun is the moon and The Moon is a heart hovering in space. The Hanged Woman bears an image of you as a child, but you know this card means something about your father. The Joker glows as a shifting constellation of dying stars; the first pattern you can trace says something about your future.
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