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Monique Quintana
  I saw you tack a bird
  to the corners of a shoe box
  with red tipped sewing pins on each of its wings,
  speckled with dirt
  from a grandmother’s garden.

  That bird became a star,
  the only feathered twin of me.
  You pinned me in a crescent,
  brown-glimmering
  dark-mouthed
  constellation.
Monique Quintana is a contributing Beauty and Fashion Editor of Luna Luna and blogs at razorhousemagazine.com. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing Fiction from CSU Fresno, and her work has appeared in Huizache, Bordersenses, and The Acentos Review, among others. She is a member of the Central Valley Women Writers of Color collective, the Latinx Authors Collective (LACO), a Squaw Valley Community of Writers Fellow, and this summer, she will be attending the Sundress Academy of the Arts Residency in Knoxville, TN. She is working on a hybrid Chicanx gothic collection entitled, A Little Saw And Other Children Pieces and her first novel, Chola Mona Lisa, about a mother who mysteriously loses the ability to smile on her thirtieth birthday. You can find her on Instagram as @quintanadarkling.


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