by Kristy Bowen


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ISBN-13: 9781625579478
Publisher: Black Lawrence Press
Publication date: 05/30/2016
Pages: 50
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

A writer and visual artist, Kristy Bowen is the author of several book, chapbook, and zine projects, including SALVAGE (Black Lawrence Press, 2016), GIRL SHOW (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), THE SHARED PROPERTIES OF WATER AND STARS (Noctuary Press, 2013), beautiful, sinister (Maverick Duck Press, 2013), and IN THE BIRD MUSEUM (Dusie Press, 2008). She lives in Chicago where she runs dancing girl press & studio, devoted to paper-oriented arts and publishing work by women writers/artists.

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from The Care and Feeding of Mermaids

Beware of lengthy silences, the twitch in her limbs, the ticking in her ears that foretells disaster. Her heart can contain many ships, but it's the throat you should watch out for. The ghost she harbors there where the trachea meets the collarbone is mostly unimpressed by the size of the moon. Most nights, she untangles the knots in her hair and dreams about boxes in the basement and the water rising, row upon row of them too small to carry everything inside her. Do not allow her to confuse moorings with morals, her tendency to mistake rowboat for rabbit or robot. She will, if allowed, wade ankle deep in ambiguity. If you hold her close to the ear, she sounds not like a seashell, but a flood.

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