Mar/Apr 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 2 February 28, 2020 |

An Excerpt from “The Unwilding”

Read a micro-conversation with the author here. Tonight Flora will free her twin brother from his cage.   Their mother zonks herself out on sleeping pills every night, but Dad’s so soft a dozer that a single jangle could catapult him awake. Five keys biting into Flora’s fist, shouldering a bag of crucial supplies on one side and a bag of mangoes on the other, she is a delicate balancing act. She’s always been clumsy: a small, bumbling girl with big, unsteady hands and fingernails ragged from picking. She slides the three keys into the three mouths of the three dead bolts of the basement door and tiptoes downstairs, where dozens of humidifiers wheeze moisture into the air. In her bag of crucial supplies: Culver Ochs’s Becoming the Fittest: Survive the Wild (14th edition), a fleece blanket, rope, two thermoses, a Swiss army knife, postcards, magazine clippings, one notebook two-thirds filled, one pen, a Sea World cap, and a bottle of crushed pills, the label peeled

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Rebecca Nison is the author and illustrator of a graphic poetry collection, If We’d Never Seen the Sea, and her work has appeared in Catapult, F(r)iction, Pank, Weave, Bushwick Review, and others. She teaches writing at Parsons The New School for Design and holds an MFA from the New School. She is currently at work on a novel, a collection of short stories, and a memoir.

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The Unwilding

By Rebecca Nison

Read a micro-conversation with the author here. Tonight Flora will free her twin brother from his cage.   Their mother zonks herself out on sleeping pills every night, but Dad’s […]

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