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I Am a Forest, and a Night of Dark Trees by Jarred McGinnis

I Am a Forest, and a Night of Dark Trees by Jarred McGinnis Fritz told me once, ‘Be the sea so that you may receive their polluted streams but not become impure.’ At Elysians, a secure psychiatric unit for adolescents, our days began by lining up for a tiny paper cup. Mine held 600mg of lithium; pin…

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Bode Asiyanbi

Rudder by Bode Asiyanbi

Rudder by Bode Asiyanbi Look to the rudder. It explains every damn thing. Every damn thing. What will steer the world on an even keel is not the stern, the bow, or the hull. Wake up, boy. Stop dreaming a big fix. Look to the fucking rudder. Karimu Benetu woke up startled; hounded out of sleep by a r…

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Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

People with Wings by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

People with Wings by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan Gideon’s knife moved softly, swiftly, over the white card. My hair was wet from the post-work shower and I stood way back so as not to splotch my husband’s work. It always looked less like cutting and more like stroking. Apparently, a repeated caress was mo…

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Calvin Fung

The Return of Postcolonialism and the Dead by Calvin Fung

The Return of Postcolonialism and the Dead: Postcolonial Gothic Literature and Hong Kong by Calvin Fung Writing and artwork in the recently published Wasafiri special issue, ‘Writing Hong Kong’, capture the tense political climate that Hong Kong is experiencing. Some of the most notable factors cont…

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Rosemary Benzing

Grey Monday by Rosemary Benzing

Grey Monday by Rosemary Benzing It was one of those grey days when even the best plans seem ill fated, Monday and the school holiday. Mum and I were going shopping. She particularly wished to buy me something for the disco on Thursday. I think she felt, having been ill for months, she had neglected…

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Nadir Kabir Barb

Truth or Dare by Nadia Kabir Barb

Truth or Dare by Nadia Kabir Barb The classroom was devoid of its usual liveliness and chatter. The stillness of the air seemed to have had a soporific effect on its occupants. Even the gecko suspended upside-down on the ceiling was stationary. A thick blanket of heat engulfed the room, making it op…

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