by Amina Gautier…
When the blood calls, you must answer. It sings in your veins, fills the drums of your ears, entwines itself in the coiffure of your curls, and always it surges, surges, surges. The blood calls your daughter’s name. The blood sings of the bier that was meant to be her bower, chanting of a wedding usurped by winds.
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Amina Gautier’s most recent collection of short stories, The Loss of All Lost Things (Elixir Press, 2016), won the Elixir Press 2014 Fiction Award. She has also written Now We Will Be Happy (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. AminaGautier.wordpress.com