A Quiet Root

We comb through hundreds of literary magazines to bring you one stellar poem or flash fiction piece every weekday.

“At My Niece’s Birthday Party, 1,431 Miles North of Guantánamo” by Jonathan Greenhause

six-year-olds play “Tape the Heart on the Tin-Man,” red cardboard
held out to a concrete wall. They’re blindfolded
but unbruised, protective parents
gathering close behind, whispering about waterboarding

Read it in Michigan Quarterly Review

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