When the Squirrels Are Over
Squirrels are violent maters. I thought about that as metaphor, but I’ve already written that kind of essay, that story.
This should mean something
Wow, that is goth
Stop making noise like that
I bet it was there.
I can’t take this anymore
This has got to have meaning to it.
T Kira Mahealani Madden is a Chinese, Kānaka Maoli writer, photographer, and amateur magician living in Charleston, SC. Her debut memoir, LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award for lesbian memoir, and is now in development as a feature film. Winner of the 2021 Judith A. Markowitz Award, there is no period in her name.
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