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Atlas & Alice | Issue 2 Winter 2014

Correspondences 1. you are sitting in your kitchen writing love letters to ghosts, sending half-grown tulips out in envelopes, touching paper that no one has touched in a very long time. between one and the next you conquer small tasks: scraping peeling paint off the tabletop, pinning old war medals on the wall next to your water bills, watering the green bandages of your week-old fern. 2. this time you are making a drawing for you five year-old niece. you know that like most children her age, she likes to feel your portraits as much as she likes to look at them, so you pull out a dusty crayon box from the second shelf of your pantry and watch the bright wax leak onto paper like coffee stains. a pond, a dog, a red park bench, an old man, a few maple leaves. the dog lays at the old man’s feet, belly-up. you take a drink of water and pour the rest onto the plant. it nods. 3. you write the same letter over and over, cutting out all the parts she already knows until it only reads:

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Profile for Atlas and Alice Literary Magazine

Atlas and Alice Literary Magazine  

Issue 2 | Winter 2014

Atlas and Alice Literary Magazine  

Issue 2 | Winter 2014

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