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Pilar Fraile Amador
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Pilar Fraile Amador
Pilar Fraile Amador is a Spanish writer and poet highly regarded for her writing across several genres. She has published the short story collection Los Nuevos Pobladores, as well as four poetry collections:  Falta (Ed. Amargord), Larva & Cerca (Ed. Amargord), La pecera subterránea (Ed. Amargord) and El límite de la ceniza (Prensas universitarias de Zaragoza). Her work (both translated and original) has appeared in diverse anthologies and magazines across the globe, and her anticipated first novel, Las ventajas de la vida en el campo, has just been released by Penguin Random House branch Caballo de Troya in March 2018.

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Vol. 82
Works & Days
Spring 2024
Bradford Morrow

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May 15, 2024
The boy watches me tend the fry pan. First of November in a warm year. I was an old man this morning. Now it is night and I am still an old man. The good stink of hot fried whitefish rises in the kitchen and oak leaves have fallen, painted the hill red. I am an old man because my body does not move fast. I am an old man because I have seen change that is large enough to fit inside my body. The change I have seen is like a bent stick I have swallowed. It sits inside my chest. It might make a hole in something soon.
May 8, 2024
Why my mother don’t like me?
     I ask Ansin, my grandmother. I say, How it is my mother never did like me?
     She steups. Kiss she teeth. And smooth-out that news she was reading in. Raise it up again to give it a little flip. At the top. And you could feel the vexness in that flip too.
     I say, Is cause I ent got no father?
May 1, 2024
“You have fifteen minutes,” the cashier says. Repeats it, runs your card, matter-of-factly smiling like Iowa girls do. Brenda smiled that smile too—pleasant, courteous. No faking, no strain.
     “Any questions?” she asks.
     You poke a carousel rack of baseball caps in front of her register. It creaks a clockwise inch. Stiff-billed, nylon, mesh. Lots of American flags. This one with the cabin patch, stitched with “Home Sweet Home.” It’s a deep bluish plum, a color Brenda likes.