Talia Flores is an undergraduate at Stanford University. A Pushcart Prize Nominee, recipient of the Texas Book Festival Fiction Prize, and winner of the 2017 Gabelle Prize for Writing, her work appears or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, Words Dance, Souvenir Lit Journal, and more. She is the media manager of The Blueshift Journal.
shapes with no ends: golden spirals / the size of your mouth / with me inside / lips curled around tin & square / like a muzzle / i trap myself & feel satisfied / i try to solve myself / & become sand-salt / split bones in butter, cut fur / fear is two hands / in a bright room with no clothes / the ice fisher fists a frozen lake & expects / forgiveness / is this / irony? / tight teeth lick me clean / there is nothing to lick / i am fastened & unfit / in another man's shadow / i sink / i born / i cut off my hair with pine needles / the pine needles are made of blood