A girl gets her first period in the year of 1893

Has the heat gone?
No, she has a rash in the morning
and static in her mind.
Only her dry tongue returns
to her moist upper lip.
And even at night there’s a stifling moon.

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Trade Me Tale

The fabulous robber and his antipodean guest

‘Procrustes, a fabulous robber of Attica, was said to have stretched or mutilated – cut the legs off – his victims to conform them to the length of his bed.’    I put the item on my watchlist and after only a slight hesitation pull back the sheets. In the morning I check my mail –

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