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My memories are hollowed out
a cloth kept in a moth-filled closet
disintegrating at the barest brush of light:
the pulsating pupae breaking out.
At five I discovered
a swimming pool for drowning on the weekends.
Women’s murders unsolved on television channels.
Bathroom lights dancing to the beat of the ground,
tequila, salt, lime on endless loop.
Turning a losing twenty-one
the impersonal email announcing my grandmother’s passing
no invitation to a funeral, that or any others.
Alienation: separation, ache,
a badly set bone that stings with the changing weather.



Tania Chen is a Chinese-Mexican queer writer. Their work was selected for Brave New Weird Anthology by Tenebrous Press, and has also appeared in various other places. They are a graduate of the Clarion West Novella Bootcamp workshop of 2021, Clarion West Workshop 2023, and a recipient of the HWA’s Dark Poetry Scholarship. Currently, they are assistant editor at Uncanny Magazine and can be found on Twitter @archistratego, at bluesky@archistratego and their website https://chentania.wordpress.com/
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