There is no word for what you are, so let the two of us invent a new language, one where syntax spins like a hurricane and the word hurricane means aquagalaxy or suffuse light or whatever syllables you need to settle on your tongue with the weight of a pill that is designed to make you feel differently than you have before. Like any thesaurus, ours is a choose your own adventure book composed only of beginnings. To be orphaned is to have a common definition of grief. To be estranged is to be tethered to a language no one can hear you speak. — Taylor Kirby is a writer from Denver, Colorado. She is the managing editor at Porter House Review, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Longleaf Review, Jellyfish Review, Pithead Chapel, Atticus Review, and more. Artwork by: Valeriy Andrushko  


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