EP82circleWhen the Horse Lights the Night
Jenifer Sang Eun Park


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I swallowed myself whole and turned into a knot. I couldn’t undo myself, so I crawled inside a horse. Inside the horse I hardened, and then broke. The horse picked up the pieces and glued me back together. I unraveled the horse and stitched it back together. The horse trampled me and I burned through its hooves. With the horse, I make the necessary stampede into myself.
 
AN EXCERPT FROM EP 82
 
“There is no philosophy except the one you believe when you’re a lone horse. There is no philosopher except the soldier who died because his horse failed to outrun the bullets or arrows or spears or pikes or etc. I’m unmarried to the history of a real field.”
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
JENIFER SANG EUN PARK completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama. Her work can be seen in Perversion Magazine, Dreginald, storySouth, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Tuscaloosa and teaches at the University of Alabama and the University of Montevallo.


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