Town

It starts with a river. Green hills,
and promising flatland beneath them.
All these trees go, and get lugged out
of the clearing. The stone near the water
is brought to the place where the woods
once stood, and also the felled trees that
lived there before, and this is how the town
rises from the ground. Structures answer
the needs of the people there. A church,
a school, a jail, a cemetery. Occupations
grow, more answers. The doctor who
interprets fevers, the midwife, a witness
to how bodies respond to air the first

Rag Quilt

I ate my first raw peanut a few months before we left for Sudan. I was taken aback by its beany-ness. It is a bean, not a nut. I had known that, been told, “It’s a part of the legume family.” But in my mouth for that first time, it was transformed. Peanut. Pea-bean. The changing of being, transmutation, transubstantiation; the bean that had always existed showed itself to me.

37:1 The Fashionable

Sometimes we do things because they are fashionable, and sometimes we don’t do them because they are fashionable. But what is fashion? Who decides? And how does fashion figure in our lives?

Embrace it, fight it, define it, laugh at it, whatever. Fashion editors want only your best for Room’s Spring 2014 issue.

The deadline is July 31st, 2013, and our usual submission guidelines apply.

We also accept fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction on any theme at any time throughout the year.

 

My Brother's Body

My brother lost his body
bit by bit—a foot, a finger, a shin.

The doctors strapped it to a bed,
and the mouth screamed on its behalf:

Help! Help! With the eyes,
my brother spied me, standing

in the body of someone
who looked like his sister;

and the mouth said
Health! Health! but my

body had no way of sharing.
Stubborn, he set his body

to starving: it’s a hard going.
One day I tricked it

into eating cake
by saying we were at a party.

The body likes to do what
everyone else is doing.

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