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In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Morgan L. Ventura's “Dispatch from a Ruin in Mitla, the Town of Souls,” with a reading by the poet.



Morgan L. Ventura is a Sicilian-Irish American writer, folklorist, and anthropologist, living between Canada and Mexico. Ventura's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Augur Magazine, Phantom Drift, and Ghost City Review (among others), while their essays appear in Geist Magazine, Folklore Thursday, and Jadaliyya. They tweet @hmorganvl.
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21 Sep 2022

There is little more inspirational than a writer who devotes her talents to the work of others.
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.
a few miles from the fallout zone. / You double-check the index card
Unripe morning / cut open too soon
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