Review: The Zoo, a Going (The Tropic House)

Leah Angstman
Jun 28, 2016 · 4 min read
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[ … ]

You son of a bitch is something he says to me, to get at me, but really he is saying my mom is that, and maybe that’s what he means, maybe it has nothing to do with my fingernails so clean and the way they don’t do the things he asks in the way he asks them.

[ … ]

[ … ]

Some words are as big as my face. Those words aren’t ego or prick or asshole or Jesus or bastard or wrong. Those words, the ones that could eat a bird by themselves too, like this spider, those are words I don’t say or even think. [ … ].

[ … ]

My shoelaces are too tight and I want to stop and untie them and retie them again with a little more space, but I don’t want to do it here. Because here, where my dad is making me imagine dying, dead and on the inside of this giant snake, here there is only half of a glass cage, the rest of the place we are looking through doesn’t even have bars or wire. It is open. He could throw me in there, if he wanted to.

[ … ].

[ … ]

And the way her hand is on my head it is a feeling I can’t lose, even if it tries to go when other things happen, when the lies happen or the world is cold and seems like it is gone, her hand I need to keep a hold on.

[ … ];


[ … ]

I laugh, they smile. I am smiling.

This is what it means, sometimes, when we are working out, when we are right. Today we are right, today we can move on to the next cage [ … ].

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Leah Angstman

Written by

Transplanted Midwesterner; EIC of Alternating Current Press; reviewer at Publishers Wkly; CNF & fiction writer and poet. Find her at http://leahangstman.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Leah Angstman

Written by

Transplanted Midwesterner; EIC of Alternating Current Press; reviewer at Publishers Wkly; CNF & fiction writer and poet. Find her at http://leahangstman.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

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