Fiction: "A Natural History of the Body" by Alicita Rodriguez

Published in Convergence Review

Aug. 8, 2011
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I thought it'd be cool to show off some of the writing coming from one of the smaller universities because it's sometimes amazing where good fiction ends up. It's another example of just how much good stuff is out there, and how sometimes you need to really look to find it. So I'm proud to have found this piece in the slick little mag called Convergence Review.

From "A Natural History of the Body," by Alicita Rodriguez:

My father was forever upset that I wouldnt go in the ocean. When we went to the beach, hed free dive with his mask on, a rope tied from his waist to my small inflatable boat, from which Id look over the edge with my mask on, the glass barely touching the water. Not that I didnt love to swim. I did. I just wanted to do it in the pool, where I could see the bottom and make sure there werent sharks. By the time I was eight, I refused to go out with my dad in his lobster boat. Finding his green and pink buoys drove me mad. From far away the balls of Styrofoam all looked blue. I remember hed glance at his charts and drive the boat right up to his own buoys. He told me he had super color vision from when his parents had spilled paint in his eyes when he was a baby. 


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