Writer, educator, and healing arts practitioner Shilpa Kamat was a finalist for the 2018 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, Saraswati Takes Back the Alphabet, was published by Newfound in 2019. Shilpa has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. You can read more about her work at shilpakamat.com.
Ama’s arm rested protectively around the girl’s shoulder as the giant bird glided above, its head angling right to left. Violet-black wings soared across a cloudless sky, blocking the sun’s midday rays and swathing sections of the village in deep shadow. Given its size, this argentavis was one of her first, but too far above for her to differentiate by name. Even across the distance, Ama could feel its heartbeat synced to hers, their lives intertwined until death.
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