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The Original Sea-Monkeys Handbook
God, please make me normal. Please make me grow up.
God, this right here, this is what I want for meinsideGod, make me normal; God, make me like them; God, please don’t punish me for praying so selfishly; God, please help me understand. How they changed. How I can change like they did. God, please make me change.
Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sexthe
Having a Baby
Emma Bolden is the author of a memoir, The Tiger and the Cage (Soft Skull), and the poetry collections House Is an Enigma, medi(t)ations, and Maleficae. Her work has appeared in such journals as the Mississippi Review, The Rumpus, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, New Madrid, TriQuarterly, Shenandoah, and the Greensboro Review. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, she is Associate Editor-in-Chief for Tupelo Quarterly and an Editor of Screen Door Review.
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