Fantasy magazine

From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

softening, come morning

I am standing next to
the unsunken earth,
not yet a part of it
though I wonder—

those who have been here
and rooted into the same
unyielding ground,

did they also feel the urge
to seep between eggshell cracks
and become food and fervor,

did they also love death
rotundly as humus loves
the forbidden touch,

sweet and striated
in its own patience.

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Hal Y. Zhang

Hal Y. Zhang

Hal Y. Zhang is a lapsed physicist who splits her time between the east coast of the United States and the Internet, where she writes at Her speculative poetry and prose is in Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Fireside. Aqueduct Press published her women-with-sharp-things collection, Goddess Bandit of the Thousand Arms.