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My mother lost her mother's words, / my nettle-stung tongue lost hers.
My husband had wings, so I thought he was an angel. The sight of wings can do that to fools.
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Roshani Chokshi's "The Wives of Azhar," read by Karen Kovenmyer.
Eyes, eyes, eyes. So many eyes on my long arms. If someone gave me these eyes to punish me, they made a huge mistake.
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Yukimi Ogawa's "Hundred Eye," read by special guest reader Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali.
"So often, we see the same threads in tales across the world (the rash boon, the neglected daughter, the evil wearing a sweet smile, etc. . . .)
The feel they give is of a grasping of the new only possible if the author has been able to take a breath.
"People like to think there is a very sharp line between animal and human being, and I disagree. I think there are lots of little steps between the two, and between each other, and we really shouldn't think that we are somehow separate from nature."
And so, dear audience, a kick-ass feminist sci-fi writer was born.
He’s a little over four thousand years old, proto-Etruscan, born to a warlord in what is now Transylvania. He’s been rattling around in my head since about 1971, and I’ve learned to go where he goes.
This is how it was for Lilith, first-born / human daughter of the Lord, first wife / to a man whose name was mud:
There lies, at the bottom of my bowl, / a swaddled stone where Jupiter should be.
they don’t tell you / the circle of mushrooms may as well / be inevitable
in buildings that take root inside the land, / in buildings that took shape inside the mind.
They are sympathetic, for they smile / deep into the skin, finding blood / more moving than tears.
If there's one thing Anat knows, it's this. She loves Oscar her brother, and her brother Oscar loves her.
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents Kelly Link's "The Game of Smash and Recovery," read by Graeme Dunlop.
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Anaea Lay presents poetry from the issues.