The Top Shelf
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The Top Shelf

Sometimes, We All Feel Isolated

Is island life so bad?

Sooner or later, everyone comes to the island.

You can see traces everywhere. Broken branches. Burnt black coals. Pale rags of toilet paper like forest ghosts.

There’s nobody here now. I drag my kayak, Aonaracht, up onto the beach. Toward the stand of trees on top of this rocky mound and…



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Ryan Frawley

Novelist. Essayist. Former entomologist. Now a full-time writer exploring travel, art, philosophy, psychology, and science.