Winter 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 FictionFebruary 1, 2023 |

The Storyteller

The Kenyon Review · "The Storyteller" by Amina Kayani The circus was not popular by the time the storyteller reached adulthood, but it had come to the town once when she was a girl. A baker’s dozen of strange characters erecting tents through the night in an old strip mall parking lot that housed a skate shop and a largely unfrequented Romanian diner. When the circus opened, the storyteller, old enough to get away with a caper but young enough that she didn’t see its risks, snuck in through a back gate. The impresario did not notice her walk past him into the tent. She found an empty seat near the front. There were the usual performers: Acrobats in electric-blue costumes. Sad clowns with fat tears drawn down their cheeks. Beefy horse masters with bulging, flexed muscles. A panther, brought out on a leash, seeming well fed. He roared for a treat, and the storyteller noted the blood red of his lips. The impresario ushered each of them in and ushered each of them out. The ta

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Amina Kayani is a Muhajir writer and critic from Atlanta. She holds an MFA in fiction from Purdue University and has served as the managing editor of Sycamore Review and the art editor of Kajal. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Florida Review, Joyland, Full Bleed, and elsewhere. Kayani is at work on a collection of interconnected short stories. Find her at aminakayani.com.

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