When Fear Sets In • Empty Mirror

skyview / credit: emI decided not to attend my supervisor’s going away party held in the hallway right outside our office. Outside the window, however, I noticed that the clouds in the sky sagged: each thick, depressive, and full of a storm’s brewing ambiguity. At my desk, I busied myself between the construction of a…

Two poems by Amy Gong Liu • Empty Mirror

Chuckanut rain / credit: deOn my Mother, or Observing Two Deer in the Road with Death Wishes I don’t share the same sentiment, but my brakes are faulty. Say, didn’t you enjoy the sun today? I’ve hurt the people most around me by forgetting how to boil water, hanging unclean underwear on the line, listening…

How to be silent in German • Empty Mirror

“Heads, shifting” by Josefine Günschel and Margund SmolkaI asked Lukas to translate Der Spiegel for me so I could read the German murder trials without missing any details. The victims were mostly women, the murderers, men. Sometimes the victims were children, but even then it was usually a female child. Every week, it seemed, another…

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