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By Jaden Fong

baby im licking my wounds

like a mangy coyote

like Old Yeller if the boy

missed and the bullet became

a third eye or a pebble in the paw

or nothing at all. the vet told me

that I have to stop gnawing

and let it heal and become a new

creature but my god

i'm starting to like the taste


Jaden Fong (he/him) is a writer with a sweet tooth and a soft spot for the whimsical and the peculiar. A two time nominee for the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award, he has won awards in poetry, fiction, and other forms of writing. His writing is most often inspired by the natural world, and in his free time, he likes to spend time in nature, where he frequently and confidently misidentifies every flower he comes across. You can find his work on the Academy of American Poets website at, Flora Fiction, The Santa Clara Review, Nightingale & Sparrow, Poets’ Choice, and miniskirt magazine, among other places. To see his work on custom tea-stained paper or to contact him, find him on Instagram and Twitter.


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