19 July 2007 | Vol. 7, No. 2

An Eighth Lesson in Magic

In the living room is the built-in weather

from the air conditioner. The walls are

swollen in certain places away from her

reach. In the absence of miracles, the pot

simmers a new husband in the oven.

Pawing at the goldfish, the cat is dragged

into the fishbowl. Too late, the goldfish

has gotten the cat's head. Tomorrow,

she will conjure a new cat. Always with

the wrong foot off the ground, she clutches

an alabaster charm to ward off intruders.

About the author:

More than 450 of Kristine Ong Muslim's poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in over 150 publications worldwide. Her poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, GlassFire Magazine, Elimae, Mad Swirl, Noneuclidean Café, The Pedestal Magazine, Thieves Jargon, Turnrow, and Void Magazine.

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