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Bilingual Literature and the Acceptance of Not Understanding

Bilingual literature that embodies a lack of understanding offers a clear benefit to immigrant writers. They are able to express the feelings of alienation and incomprehension that come with relocating to a new country to people who have never had the experience, while simultaneously writing for their community.

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His Scaly Self

Gradually, he grew accustomed to his alternate form, to the point that he could forget about it for hours at a time.

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Pizza Talk

This is probably why I want him to impregnate me, so my kid won’t have to suffer, and, in turn, I won’t have to suffer.

Auteur Theory

Dripping in the color, she was sci-fi sanctified, alien and clean. 

Remainder

After our first week, I begin to lose things during the walks along the creek.

Haunted Home

The ship features a recreation of a slave ship’s hold. The cruise prides itself on it. It is not a good recreation, if the metric is realism.

Pillow Practice

Promise me you won’t write a poem about me.

I, Iris

I am Iris, I thought. Iris is me, and Iris is in the wrong lane. 

Haiyang

Don’t worry, I said, you’re the sea, and it’s impossible for the sea to drown. There’s nothing big enough for you.

Penis Candles

The hall closet candles are white, ten inches long, and shaped like penises.


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Blue Pills as Always

Across this textured face, I count all the bleeding and irritated spots, hooking onto them with my eyes and making sure that each and every unwanted citizen of a pimple on the once-clear expanse of my face is ingrained in my mind.

My Unseen World

The Unseen World grapples with this abstract notion: if memories are the fundamental building blocks to a coherent identity, when one loses these memories or memories are distorted —who does this person become? Who are they in relation to you?


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