Fragments of Loss

by Hossannah Asuncion

selected by Kimiko Hahn

Prospect Place and Washington Avenue

Prevented from dreaming, the rats were unable to rehearse their survival behaviors.
                      –Psychology Today, Dreams: Night School,
                        Nov/Dec 2007


A bloody bedspread and a chalk outline of him. I lie inside the trace, hand tossed over my head, leg bent awkwardly. I squint—the aura of ceiling light bright behind his head.

Like this,
I ask. Like this? 


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