Sep/Oct 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 5 Fiction |

We Not Die

Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts North American Rockwell International Fellowship, 1957-58 Prospective Fellow Essay—To Be Completed in English Please explain in the space provided why you wish to come to the United States of America to further your study of fine art. (Applicant may use international air mail stationery instead of attached sheets.)   I was bombed, in wartime, in Osaka, on the Hankyu line, train stops in middle not station, and door open, and we hear siren, running people, panic, I am push, knock down, because everyone much scared of bombing. I have my bookbag, is leather, on my back, I wear uniform, I'm lying on floor of train, wooden board, splinter in my face I can feel, and strange foot on top of me, wooden geta, but on my bag, so I'm not much pain, but still, is feels uncomfortable. I will be made flat, crush in so many people escape. And I feel hand, two hands, my shoulder pull, pick me up, and person say my name, Kumiko-kun, can you walk?

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Karl Taro Greenfeld is the author of nine books. His next novel, True, will be published by Little A in 2018. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, Atlantic, Paris Review, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Prize Stories. He is currently a staff writer on the television show Ray Donovan.

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