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In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Mary Robles' “Corazón Oculto.”

Mary Robles is from El Paso, Texas, and was the recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland, Ohio. Robles was a featured reader in The Emily Dickinson Museum’s “Phosphorescence” reading series, and her writing has been published in The Rio Grande Review, Pinwheel, Salt Hill Journal, Glass Mountain, and is forthcoming in Luna Luna Magazine. Her website is
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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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