Killing Floor By Ai Ogawa

Killing Floor 1. RUSSIA, 1927 On the day the sienna-skinned man held my shoulders between his spade-shaped hands, easing me down into the azure water…

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Grandfather Says By Ai Ogawa

Grandfather Says “Sit in my hand.” I’m ten. I can’t see him, but I hear him breathing in the dark. It’s after dinner playtime. We’re…

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Disregard By Ai Ogawa

Disregard Overhead, the match burns out, but the chunk of ice in the back seat keeps melting from imagined heat, while the old Hudson tiptoes…

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Cuba, 1962 By Ai Ogawa

Cuba, 1962 When the rooster jumps up on the windowsill and spreads his red-gold wings, I wake, thinking it is the sun and call Juanita,…

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Barquisimeto By Ai Ogawa

Barquisimeto, Venezuela, October 27, 1561 Today it rained vengefully and hard and my men deserted me. My kingdom was as close as calling it by…

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