The Lunar Child by Melinda Giordano

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May 302012
 
The Lunar Child by Melinda Giordano

The Lunar Child by Melinda Giordano One night, when the moon was heavy and full, its curiosity got the best of it. It slowly lowered itself through sapphire clouds and rippling twilight…it shouldered its way past bristling stars, past their astronomical arrangements that made the sky a sparkling atlas. Down these gilded maps it flew

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Stone Soup: A Villanelle by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

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May 302012
 
Stone Soup: A Villanelle by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

Stone Soup: A Villanelle by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé The script of the three nomads’ empty satchels The script of the passing cobbler with his cart The script of light from the sash window The script of tending to the dried oak and fire The script of the prolonged introit in refrain The script of stuffing

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Dec 152011
 
Grateful by Brittany Warman

Grateful by Brittany Warman In my mind, prince, I have woven evergreen branches through my hair and fallen through worlds like snow. I have sucked the juice from red ripe pomegranate seeds gratefully, with abandon– I have explored my life inside enchantment. In my mind I have been light on a butterfly’s wing, the shadows

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The Wolf and the Three Wise Monkeys by Hal Duncan

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Dec 152011
 
The Wolf and the Three Wise Monkeys by Hal Duncan

The Wolf and the Three Wise Monkeys by Hal Duncan Once upon a time, there was a Big Bad Wolf, a cultivated guy, top hat and tails, but a bit of a cad, a cur, a bounder, not a bad sort per se, but of dubious scruples and instatiable appetites, a propensity for exotic narcotics

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Blood, Snow, Birch and Underworld by JoSelle Vanderhooft

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Dec 152011
 
Blood, Snow, Birch and Underworld by JoSelle Vanderhooft

Blood, Snow, Birch and Underworld by JoSelle Vanderhooft I. A daughter like a window: full as glass and just as empty. The queen sucked her forefinger–the one ever responsible for accidents, and thought a canyon in her forehead. Girls like blood and winter and bare branches. All the rage, like hearts in strong boxes, dolls

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Bone Song by Sara Cleto

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Dec 152011
 
Bone Song by Sara Cleto

Bone Song by Sara Cleto Once upon a time, you broke me into pieces. You took my voice, you cut my hair. You cast a spell, and I fell asleep. I let you do these things. I don’t know why. You were beautiful, yes, but not more beautiful than my song. My hair was brighter

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Kytgy and Kunlelo by Rose Lemberg

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Dec 152011
 
Kytgy and Kunlelo by Rose Lemberg

Kytgy and Kunlelo by Rose Lemberg Ancestors fill all things. In the green-moss stones the ancestors of riverdark live, in the rivers — star-mothers, in deer flesh — unborn children. Kytgy, the little girl, sits on the green-moss stones, she smells roe in the riverwind, reindeer in the tundra-wind, blubber smell coming from the sea-people–

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Salt by Joanna Hoyt

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Dec 152011
 
Salt by Joanna Hoyt

Salt by Joanna Hoyt I. This is how it was in the beginning, though they kept it se-cret even from me. This is the tale my mother never told me: The fire roared. The thick curtains shut out wind and rain. The king and queen sat side by side, shivering, not touching, not speaking, staring

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Bradie Law and the Grumpenmire by John Patrick Pazdziora

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Dec 152011
 
Bradie Law and the Grumpenmire by John Patrick Pazdziora

Bradie Law and the Grumpenmire by John Patrick Pazdziora This happened so long ago, it might have happened somewhere else. It happened on a farm just over the hill on the crooked path from the village. But that’s not news to anyone, because everyone knew something would happen someday to Bradie Law. He’d come to

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Little Ginger Bread Man by Jamie Wasserman

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Dec 152011
 
Little Ginger Bread Man by Jamie Wasserman

Little Ginger Bread Man by Jamie Wasserman Your father travels all the way from Boston just to see you on your birthday. Your mother tells you, “Be grateful.” The old man pounded the dough, touched his fingers around the edges. The old woman kept watch at the oven, sniffing the gas, rubbing her empty stomach.

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Kiran-Katha: Tongue Memories by Nandini Dhar

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Dec 152011
 
Kiran-Katha: Tongue Memories by Nandini Dhar

Kiran-Katha: Tongue Memories by Nandini Dhar (This is a Kiranmala Poems, after the classic Bengali fairytale Arun-Barun-Kiranmala compiled by Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumder in his Thakumar Jhuli (Tales from Granny’s Bag). Kiranmala or Kiran is one of the protagonists of the tale, who, in order to take care of herself and her brothers, Arun and Barun,

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Ribbon, bell by Helen Ogden

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May 292011
 
Ribbon, bell by Helen Ogden

Ribbon, bell by Helen Ogden all my strength, to cut it out; fused bone, jutted that pretty sound. It isn’t. It wasn’t, when they tied the thing to me. Ribbon, bell, Ribbon, bell, neat little bow around the vein, enough to pulse. Frayed. Ribbon, bell, that solitary chink. all my strength to call you out,

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The Robber King’s Wife by Caspian Gray

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May 292011
 
The Robber King's Wife by Caspian Gray

The Robber King’s Wife by Caspian Gray In the dark woods there once lived a masked robber king. He was tall and thin as spindles, with black hair and black eyes, and he worked alone. He lived in the back of a long, bleak cave, past the dripping water and the hanging roots and the

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