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The Importance Of Shells

Nancy Chen Long reads "Meditation: Home as an Extension of Body," "Place You Would Have Called Home," and "The Importance of Shells."

Shells

Photo: public domain (Max Pixel)

Seashells.

“Sometimes I wake
in this house where I’ve lived longer
than I’ve ever lived anywhere, my body racing
with its dreams of fire gone wrong.”
– from “Self Portrait as a Moving Van on Fire” by Al Maginnes

Nancy Chen Long is a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts fellow and the author of Light into Bodies, winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. You’ll find her recent work in Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She works at Indiana University.

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