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In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Betsy Aoki's “A crowd of yakubyō gami (pestilence yōkai)” as read by guest reader Paul Starr.



Betsy Aoki is a 2019 National Poetry Series Finalist. She has received fellowships from the City of Seattle, the Artist Trust Foundation, and Hedgebrook. Her poetry publications include Uncanny Magazine, Hunger Mountain, The Seattle Times, Nassau Reviewterrain.org (Letters to America), and Southern Humanities Review. Find more at http://www.betsyaoki.com.
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I was twelve when my mother was born. Twelve or thereabouts. If I’d been older, I could have said things like I never wanted to be a daughter; I don’t have a filial bone in my body. Relatives could have tilted their heads at me, insisting I’d change my mind. But I was twelve so I said nothing. I had no relatives.
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