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.
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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