Sorrowbird — Recommended reading

Fantasy Magazine has Sean Markey’s Sorrowbird up today. I think you might enjoy it.

I. How to Build a Mourning Dove

First, take your husband’s awkward, enthusiastic letters from the night-stand drawer, the ones he wrote on his way from England to India. Take those smooth papers and wad them up tight. Keep your sorrow out of your actions; let the sadness of the letters speak. Use your anger and frustration to ball up the papers, and marvel at the unfairness of your life. Use the hurt of your loss to crumple each piece into one tight, circular shape. These papers represent the body of the bird you will make.

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