selected by Rachel Wild

Mitosis

Intraphase: Homeostasis; the phase before. Each chromosome makes an exact copy of itself so that the cell has two identical sets. I inherited my mother’s sk...

What the Women Do

Patrick was telling a story: ‘When they was coming to put us off, the first time, they sent along this kid. We knew we was good cause we was on a private ro...

Four Feasts

I. “Chinese people eat monkey brains. They cut their heads open and eat them while the monkeys are still alive.” The girl’s eyes are bright with spite. She ...

Life Line

Every day after the shop closes, Marjorie walks to the train station to catch the returning soldiers. It is London, 1943, and the war might never end, but woun...

Visiting Hours

The children were at football practice till two and I was at the mental hospital, visiting Ryan. My chair was plastic and the curve dug into my spine. The tabl...

A Word for the Future

Thirteen: Her own body morphing, emerging, betraying the earlier confidences she’s gained. I see her look at her reflection sometimes, her gaze landing on h...

In the Aquarium

My fourteen-year-old son is a human boy. I know this because I am a human and had the sex with a human that caused our respective cells to multiply in my uteru...

The Wild Orchid Napalm Forest

Judy Fox went first to be fingerprinted. She rolled her fingers and thumb in black ink, the sheriff asking her for the right and left hand and nodding at me to...

Swarming

When he opens the shutters, Oliver isn’t sure at first what he’s looking at. From their bedroom window, the shimmery cluster of bees on their mesquite tree look...