The Genius and the Devil
What I wanted to know was this: What does it feel like to create something wondrous? To have a vision and then to perfectly translate that vision onto canvas?
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Parentage is destiny
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How awkward he must feel in these academic trappings
How arrogant she’s become
I shouldn’t ask about the sheets
Why can’t we wait together?
In her will, you see . . . I’m just drawing, you see . . .
It must be a trick of the light, the wind
Was it worth it?
Ah, yes. Me too. I understand.
Stephanie Feldman is the author of the novels Saturnalia, forthcoming in fall 2022, and The Angel of Losses, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, winner of the Crawford Fantasy Award, and finalist for the Mythopoeic Award. She is co-editor of the multi-genre anthology Who Will Speak for America? and her stories and essays have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Electric Literature, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Maine Review, The Rumpus, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family.
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