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Edward Carey
Contributor History
  • A Semi-Prehensile Lip, Conjunctions:61
  • The Extraordinary Life and Historic Adventures of a Servant called LITTLE, Written and Drawn by Herself, Conjunctions:69 (8–27)

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Edward Carey
Writer and illustrator Edward Carey is the author of Observatory Mansions (Crown) and Alva and Irva (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), as well as the Iremonger Trilogy for young adults: Heap House, Foulsham, and Lungdon (Overlook). He teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Vol. 78
Fear Itself
Spring 2022
Edited by Bradford Morrow

Online

May 25, 2022
Your sister is losing her voice. It feels like it happened overnight, her lips turning into rubber, but it’s been almost four months, and your sister, who would have suffocated you for calling her doll-like, spends her days sitting by the window, looking at everything and nothing, all at once. For what it’s worth, you try to remind her of her human self. You clamp down on the flap of fat on her arms but not a pipe. A deep paper cut exacts only a hiss of air. She has long, dark Rapunzel hair that thins into her calves, and with a pair of garden scissors, you give her the first haircut she has had in sixteen years. All her history is in her hair, and that’s the problem, you think, the weight of it.
May 18, 2022
Still Life With Flying Sombreros

Three sombreros hung on pegs in a cantina, where their owners stood at a bar, soaking in the tequila. The sombreros got to talking and soon discovered they all despised their owners. “My man,” a sombrero said, “came home drunk every night and beat his wife and children with a hard stick he kept just for that purpose.” Another sombrero confessed that his owner sat on a porch and shot cats that had strayed into his garden. He skinned the cats and displayed their pelts over the fireplace.
May 11, 2022
                                  1.

Someone nodding, and the light pressing down
as though it had weight.
And right in the middle of what I want to say
there’s a long row of chairs. There are green,
red, yellow arches that gradually contract
and close, like doors.
Like a disease whose threshold no one can cross,
she says.
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