Nora Anthony is a writer who uses fantastical worlds as reflections of the black identity. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast MFA Program and has had work featured in Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine, Black Girl Nerds, and Black Power: A Superhero Anthology. You can read her blog at www.noraanthony.wordpress.com.
We wear the masks long after penguins have been extinguished. By now we are hauntresses, hordes of extinction shuffling along the city streets under the excruciating weathers of this brutal world we’ve inherited. Individually, we are called pinguinos. It’s something to do; the world is depressed and none of us have jobs. Nights, we pull the masks off beak-first, breathing our first fresh breaths of the day. Then we strip out of our black and white sweatsuits. Then we pull out our vapes and get high. Some of the cool kids
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