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Learning to Unfurl

Every time she breathes
the muscle hisses, a sharpness
of tissue refusing its shape. No
position is comfortable, all
hold the weight pressing
her shoulder onto
the bed. Still
she lies there, counting
on her breath to draw her
into the present, fluttering up
to the ceiling then down
as thoughts float past
unattached. Or so
the theory goes. But she
likes theory, can carry
it with her on the bus, use it
to close her mind’s anxious eye
against the crowd and feel her toes.

Glass Balloons

I journey to nameless shores to wrestle glass balloons from other women. We eat potato salad and meaty gooseneck barnacles that slip out like socks from boots. We tease each other about love and lust and drink black coffee from steel thermoses. Along the beach there is sand, driftwood, grass, a spine of rock, snakes of kelp. Beyond that there is the ocean, the wind, the firmament, and the circular current of our prized balloons.

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    Edited by Rachel Thompson

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    Jennifer Amos, Fenn Archdekin-Leung, Jenn Ashton, Jamelie Bachaalani, Colleen Baran, Jenny Bartoy, Alexandra Chang, Kristina Corre, Maggie de Vries, Shirley Harshenin, Jia Hwang, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass, Elizabeth Johnston, Tamara Jong, Manal Kamran, Carrianne Leung, Lily Leung, Mary MacDonald, Alissa McArthur, Cosi Nayovitz, Margaret Nowaczyk, Deanna Partridge-David, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Rebekah Rempel

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