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presence? Did others inside houses not know? Or were they tired of it all? Lost souls wrenched away by the sea so long ago now coming ashore to call on the living, asking for things they couldn’t get in their life. Taken away too soon, before they could begin to live. Borne away by the roaring waves away, away many fathoms into the deep. They now cry to return, unfinished lives, unfinished business but the seas only roar as they hover about on land. Waiting.

Poetry|Valentina Cano Rejecting Domesticity Sometimes bruises overtook her entire body, turning her skin into the color of fish scales. It came on her suddenly, like a tide of color and pain,

while she washed her hair or swept the kitchen counters. She’d look down at her hands or knees and see the ebb of purple and greens. And with them, an ache like a sustained scream in her bones.

Family Infestation Flies hover over our house this summer. They balance in sheets of black on the gaps between what we’ve done and what we meant to do, turning everything the green of rot and dead tissue. We’ve trained ourselves not to see them, the maggots and translucent wings. We don’t even smell them anymore. We know them only by the buzzing that fills our silences with static.

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LIJLA Vol.2, No.1 February 2014

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LIJLA Vol. 2 No. 1 Feb. 2014  

Short Fiction/Poetry/Visual Arts/Tanka by James Wall, Shanta Acharya, Billy O'Callaghan, Henry Stindt, George Szirtes, Kala Ramesh, Catheri...

LIJLA Vol. 2 No. 1 Feb. 2014  

Short Fiction/Poetry/Visual Arts/Tanka by James Wall, Shanta Acharya, Billy O'Callaghan, Henry Stindt, George Szirtes, Kala Ramesh, Catheri...

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