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The Importance Of Shells


"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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