Photograph of four monarch butterflies flying and blurred against a black background

Feature: Sally Wen Mao

If beauty signaled so much power, why did four out of four historical beauties die tragically?


The truth came to me through muddy hands and silly smiles.
In knotted laces, I learned patience.

Image shows a tall, large cactus, dark green, against a bright light blue sky fading to white near the bottom of the photo.

Mama’s Journey

You would be crossing the river. / You couldn't bring anything with you.

Photo of a small church beneath a vast starry sky. The cross atop the steeple glows.

i’ll pray for you when you leave

you’re not even catholic, and i’m not even catholic,
and we’ve just played the biggest prank on the church since
the time that those kids teepeed the courtyard at st. joseph’s.