Cover Photo: Illustration by Alexandra Bowman for Catapult
Illustration by Alexandra Bowman for Catapult

The Projection of Jupiter in Zoo City

Humans should never have come to Florida, but their biggest mistake of all was Zoo City.

Only Dale and I know how our mother went south on Franklin that day, turned left at the taco shop, and laughed like a crow when she realized it was that easy to vanish. Dale and I know because we were walking through the mini-mall and we saw her shoes and then we saw her just as a parking lot captured her shadow. Everyone was skipping school because there’d been a bomb threat on the phone.

Christmas winter

Evelyn is the author of Famous Children and Famished Adults (FC2), Discomfort (Ellipsis Press), and several chapbooks. Her website is