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Section 2. I Am (not) You

Shannon Connor Winward

Shannon Connor Winward
I am watching you in line
from behind my mother’s purse. I see you
from my balcony, my cigarette
a single red eye in the dark.
I know you
as I sit feeding sparrows,
quiet as you pass.
I am a piece of you,
just as you are,
when you lift your razor
to your face
and pause for a moment
in tryst with me,
a piece of me.
I am with you
Shannon Connor Winward has published or forthcoming work in Gargoyle, Pseudopod, Pedestal Magazine, Strange Horizons, Literary Mama, and Vine Leaves, among others. Her fiction placed in the semi-finals of the Writers of the Future Contest and as a runner-up for an Emerging Artist Fellowship in Literature by the Delaware Division of the Arts. Shannon is the author of Undoing Winter (Finishing Line Press), a chapbook of literary and myth-inspired speculative poetry. In between writing, parenting, and other madness, Shannon works to support local artists, and here and there has been intimate with a microphone. Visit Shannon on the web at


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