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What We Talk About Under A Wool Blanket

By Jaden Fong

My legs, a moth

to an ember. My skin

skimming yours—birch

paper wings kindling

flame. Scarlet ruminating

in flickering blackness,

me beaming daffodil,

honey, amber. Being

content with being

preserved in ashes.

Caring for this blanket

the way the moon cares

only for puddles on concrete.


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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