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Author page: Niela Orr

Wunderlich

The name means “odd.”   The name means “queer.”  It can denote an “odd fish.”  It suggests a “queer chap.”  Sometimes it means “capricious.” It can also mean “peevish.”  It’s a synonym for “singular.” It…

Cathedral

Before the war we bury the windows Before we bury the windows we take them down The tallest of us altar boys  lifts a purple blade from a frozen robe & holds it with…

News of Life

Note: An audio adaptation of this essay is featured as a segment in the pilot episode of Black Mountain Radio – an artist-driven and community-focused audio project from The Believer’s home, The Beverly Rogers,…

Website: Rip.ie

FEATUREs: Among the top twenty most visited sites in Ireland Provides links to sympathy cards, condolence messages, and donation causes In birthday cards and book inscriptions, my father rarely signed…

Word: Kismet

FEATUREs: Originally from the Turkish and Arabic  Title of an 1877 novel by George Fleming (a.k.a. Julia Constance Fletcher) Name of a 1990s robot built by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal Kismet…

Animal Crossing

Fable came into the world climbing. After a monthlong gestation, she emerged blind and furless, an embryonic jelly bean endowed with little more than grasping claws and an instinctual map…

I Am Become a Man

with fats around my organs lightly  hair grown on my shoulders  lightly death in all my actions as I build  a log-store shirtless in the autumn. I hate this gathering and deepening beneath my pale…

Interstate Highway System

In the beginning, I was  incorporate, plain as skull,  in cahoots though inchoate:  a suit suited to combust— my body a blunderbuss  brandished in traffic bright  as dogbite. I drifted like sand  under the wind’s hand, saw  supercells…