Jalina Mhyana

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Jalina Mhyana is a Pushcart nominee and graduate of Bennington College’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Mhyana’s second poetry collection The Wishing Bones was chosen for publication by Pudding House Collections’ 2006 Chapbook contest. Her work was also a finalist Perigee’s 2004 Poetry Contest. Mhyana’s first chapbook Spikeseed was published by Bad Moon Books in 2004. more »

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The Mermaid Of Spokane Falls


Our only wealth that year was my growing belly.

I uncoiled spool after spool of artist's wire,
bending and twisting a house
full of life-sized creatures,
a voluptuous mermaid and her sea-kin.

Our home became an ocean
with blue-painted walls;
The mermaid and I swam from room to room
while new life floated inside of me.

I thought of our unseen daughter,
half-girl, half-fish.
If the mermaid led, would she follow,
slip out a window
and dive into the falls, a water sprite?

When the electricity...

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