This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from She by Theadora Siranian, released by Seven Kitchens Press in 2021.
Origin Myth, Pt. 3
From the beginning the world said: learn to love loneliness. At any cost discover how to tell a proper lie. It’s too late to deny I’ve created this fiction. Here, a heart clenched tight as a fist. The bedroom window left open and the snow drifting in. How an open palm in the darkness can have indeterminate intentions. A tongue, arching. A hot mouth pressed to the place where thigh meets body. An entire world, replete with desires and losses. Others will always find a way to teach you about love. Young and already filled with fear of death I built houses in my mind, wandered weightless beneath stories so complex I forgot to breathe, sitting in the rain dumb with concentration until someone came and found me. In a different version I sat for thirty years, alone and still as stone until time and weather cracked me in half, my broken face pressed with rapture toward the sky.
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