Stories and Poems I liked in January

Last year, reading ended up being quite the struggle. I found it very difficult to keep my concentration when reading long or short form, and I hunted my interest in the stories I read with a harpoon.

So, this year, in an effort to bring my mojo back and keep myself accountable for reading more on the front of short fiction and poetry, I’m going to make one post per month of my favorite reads. While I didn’t read as many short stories as I had planned, I’m quite satisfied with the progress I made. Without further ado, here is a small list of the short stories and the poems that I liked during January.

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Stories:

“Green Tunnels” by Taimur Ahmad, in Fireside Fiction

“The Dead, In their Uncontrollable Power” by Karen Osborne, in Uncanny

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Poems:

“recursion” by M. Darush Whem, in Liminality

Mojo Lost by Allyson Shaw, in Liminality

“You and Your Tulpa by Jen Julian, in Liminality

“For Mrs. Q” by C.S.E. Cooney. in Fireside

“The city that changed hands by Maya Chhabra, in Strange Horizons

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Almost poetry: Let me tell you…

You purr when I love you with my hands,
did you know?

A sound like a storm inside your chest,
where contentment and pleasure battle to rip your skin,
and bloom from your mouth,
and the only reason they stay inside
is your stubbornness,
and the promise of sleep,
and maybe my arms around you.

You purr and my bones mend,
did you know?

 

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