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I am older now, but not old. I am looking back
to when I was a girl; now my body’s a flash
of poison on the floor. The weather of the house,

it shapes the body’s light. This is what
a girl has in common with the lightning.

— Aracelis Girmay, from a book of graves & birds in Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2011)