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  • Mea Cohen

A Young Boy


A young boy found a graveyard washed ashore in August. There were bones and bones and he plucked them from the sands to take them home.

Most were fish, but one was rather human-like. It made him think back to earlier in the summer, when he and some other young boys came across the body of a scrawny dog in the woods.

The dog was a fairy of a thing. All zig-zagged limbs. One of the boys thought he could still save her. One of them vomited. One of them couldn't pull away his gaze.

A month later, that boy killed his neighbor’s cat. Left it angled like a lightning bolt on the neighbor's back porch. That made him hard.

This bone in the water, the human kind, it made his mouth wet.


Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, Mea is a writer now based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Ladygunn, Milk XYZ, Passengers Journal, and On The Run. She received her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University, where she was a Contributing Editor for The Southampton Review. After seven years of work in the publishing industry, for companies such as David Black Literary Agency, Trident Media Group, and Audible, she is now the Founder and Editor in Chief for the forthcoming magazine The Palisades Review and Senior Partnerships Manager for Stitcher.

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