“Survival Skills” By Nina Sudhakar

The wind may whisper and brooks may babble, but trees talk. Deep in the preserve behind our house, I pitched a tent under the unfurled canopy of a professorial oak. Waited for secrets to be revealed. I learned of the begrudging cease-fire with the squirrels: reached because all sides came to the sudden and disheartening …

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“A Matter of Course” By Tyler Julian

I always dream of Oregon. Trees, so many trees, unbroken until suddenly they open onto choppy black ocean, enormous and filled with enormous things. And, I stand on the edge of a cliff, arms outstretched like I’m trying to embrace the whole of the salty air, but I’m small, so small compared to the trees, …

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