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In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Shilpa Kamat's “Consequences,” with a reading by the poet.


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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.
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Before she knew it, she was falling out of the sky like a waterfall and through a canopy of thick, wet leaves. Fell hard into the soil.
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