photo of snake skeleton

Being by Michael O’Neill

It was cold the day you touched me. Your hands entering just below the ribs, opening the drawer inside me, pulling it loose from its tracks, emptying the contents on the floor and rifling through the chalk white bones in search of the constellation spiraling through the atmosphere of my carcass.   We are all…

photo of sparkly red nail polish puddle

The Hedgehog by Rachel Linn

Inspired by “Hans-My-Hedgehog,” a Brothers Grimm tale Nobody realized that Zhao Li was different until near the end of elementary school, when he started to look seriously weird. We were all the same cans of soup–and then he grew a layer of spines over almost his entire body. He still looked better than a lot…