river thistles, celestial sage, rosy opuntia pears
by Kiik A.K.
These women were accomplished musicians, cooks, athletes, painters and scholars. But none before Margaret was particularly known for her physical attractiveness. Rie Hyosaka had been bullied as a young girl as the result of bulging eyes and broad-rimmed glasses. Nobuko Funatsu’s face was pulled wide and taut as by invisible fingers. And the complexion of Hackey Sugai’s skin was closer to green-yellow than a milky white. Margaret was aware of Kane’s infatuations with these plain girls, but she took it as a sign his love was for competence and disposition more than worldly beauty or reputation….
Kiik A.K. earned a MA from UC Davis where his poetics thesis was titled The Joy of Human Sacrifice and a MFA from UC San Diego where his collection of counter-internment narratives was titled Everyday Colonialism. He is currently at work on a novel called “The Book of Kane and Margaret.” His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, The Southeast Review, Okey-Panky and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading.
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