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Exit Gaia

By Jaden Fong

I know that

when you cry,

you cover your head

with your arms and hands

like you’re bracing

for an earthquake.

However, I know that you do

not fear the earth abandoning

its post–only that in the rubble

and fire, everything

is so tragically familiar.


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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