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GEOMETRY Issue One, April May, 2017
GEO ME T RY Issue One, April May, 2017  Where lines meet. Editors, Di Starrenburg and Harley Hern Copy Editor, Rachel O   ...
from the editors  6  leilani tamu, enter the mind of the poet  11  brittany shutts, where will we live  14  isabel bermude...
commuting, jane flett  54  the commandments of virtue, saquina karla c. guiam  62  backwards, natasha tynes  64  graphic n...
From the editors  We are delighted to introduce the first issue of Geometry   a global meeting of line, shape and perspect...
LEILANI TAMU is an accomplished individual. At thirty-four years old, she is a former New Zealand diplomat, parliamentary ...
LEILANI TAMU  woven and glued together with memories from his youth in Samoa, his adventures on the sea and the tattered, ...
GEOMETRY 01  without sunblock on. And that our children and their children and their children   s children will one day be...
LEILANI TAMU  you told me to sit on the floor eat with the dog wait for your return wait for years Step Dad Number Two arr...
GEOMETRY 01  And then it   s 5am and my children are snuggled up next to me, and I breathe. And think. And breathe. And th...
BRITTANY SHUTTS is an MFA candidate in New York University   s Creative Writing Program, where she is a Starworks fellow. ...
GEOMETRY 01  APARTMENT An apartment isn   t so bad, we tell each other. It will be just like when we had our own bedrooms ...
BRITTANY SHUTTS  superfluous pillows. There is one ornate blanket at the foot of the bed just long enough to keep our shin...
IS ABE L BE R MU DE Z lives in Kent, UK. She was born in Bogota, Colombia and grew up in London. She is a peripatetic tuto...
ISABEL BERMUDEZ     turns to matters of inheritance and succession       Already I see myself knee-high in books, wading t...
RU BY P ORT E R is a New Zealand prose writer, poet and visual artist. Her writing has been published in The Spinoff, The ...
RUBY PORTER  rebranded Hoyts cinema that plays movies two weeks after they finish up everywhere else. It doesn   t have mu...
GEOMETRY 01      Auckland hides beneath its concrete shapewear. The coverall wraps of city struggle to stretch themselves ...
RUBY PORTER      I used to find it hardest to get to sleep in Levin. It   s where I had my worst nightmares. I don   t kno...
GEOMETRY 01      You can   t drink the water in Levin. You have to boil it, and even then, it still doesn   t taste right....
RUBY PORTER  My grandfather planted the foliage that lines that carpark back when he was in Levin   s Rotary Club. It   s ...
BR ONWY N WAIPU KA- C AL L ANDE R  Ng  ti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangit  ne, Ng  ti Porou  is a self-taught artist from G...
S H AY L A L AWS ON is a professional copywriter, recreational acrobat, and member of the Affrilachian Poets. Her work has...
GEOMETRY 01  thing his rented maharishi demands to offer is supplication  prayer for the Styx, prayer for the eaten, praye...
SHAYLA LAWSON  petrol, pumping toward the pitch dark ground. What man brings forth is night. But   what are we to do with ...
GEOMETRY 01  cut into pieces, the parts we no longer appreciate excised like rot fruit. I perspire into the lining of the ...
J OS HUA J OHNS TON was born and raised in Caneyville, Kentucky. His work has appeared in publications such as Sprung Form...
LAUREN FOLEY is Irish, and Australian  enough . Her work has been shortlisted for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year...
LAUREN FOLEY  you want to start discussing the nuances of the scripts and the finesse of the acting when she starts in on ...
R OZ R AYwrites fiction and nonfiction in Seattle, Washington. When she is not writing , she rows and remodels houses. She...
ROZ RAY  particularly tough piece of training data, and then it continued. Benji watched the screen, frozen, until the fum...
GEOMETRY 01  somebody came in with t-shirts saying    4037.2 Forever.    Simple white Helvetica letters on a black t-shirt...
ROZ RAY  Seriously. How could anybody call a financial instrument a    doomsday device        It   d be like a reset butto...
GEOMETRY 01  Yes.    Have you ever stolen something from a company you worked for     Yes. Paper.    Have you ever stolen ...
ROZ RAY  9890.0 Benji peaked over the walls of her cubicle. Nobody was coming. She noticed herself tapping her foot and st...
GEOMETRY 01  Benji took a breath and counted to twenty very slowly. One number every three seconds. One-two-three, two-two...
ROZ RAY     Nope,    she heard herself say.    No luck.    But then what   What then     Old Alan   s almost got you beat,...
GEOMETRY 01  and measure. With perfect clarity she knew precisely what kind of person she was. She wanted more to look for...
ROZ RAY  moment, but he warmed up soon enough. They did it with Benji propped up on the sink counter, her back to the mirr...
DANI EL L AS SELL is the w inne r of a W illiam J. Maie r Wr iting Award and r unne r-up f or the 2016 Be r mud a Tr iangl...
RUTH PHIPPS studies art history at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and has a studio in Newmarket at Railway Stree...
R ATA GOR D ON lives on Waiheke Island, New Zealand, and coordinates a youth development programme promoting good mental h...
RATA GORDON  And what if this k  k   woke early  And you hated the sound of it cleaning its feathers  But what if the soun...
AL I R AC HE L PE AR L is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Southern California. Her work has appeared in Ho...
ALI RACHEL PEARL  make a mental note of red flags. It has pulled a light out from inside me that I didn   t know existed a...
JANE FLETT is a philosopher, cellist, and seamstress of most fetching stories. Her writing features in Best British Poetry...
JANE FLETT  Though they may be flimsy, they didn   t let in a racket of barking dogs or squalling babies, and the elevator...
GEOMETRY 01  made no sense  silver incisors  a dusting of spilled soot  the vicious flash of paparazzi. Panic rose in his ...
JANE FLETT  Centuries ago, in a tavern in the small hours, Victor found himself long after closing while the slack-faced b...
GEOMETRY 01  lights that flew, and electro-luminescent wire lights that snaked around the ceiling and waterfalled to the f...
JANE FLETT  taped their buttons down, he strung Chinese lanterns like a trail of fleeing planets in a far-off galaxy. He p...
GEOMETRY 01  heartbeat, and then  someone shifted, someone elbowed someone else out of place at the front, by the doors an...
JANE FLETT  towards it with the same fluid grace as every rise of the tram. When the shards embedded into his knuckles lik...
S AQ U INA KAR L A C . GU I A M is a twenty-something writer from the Philippines. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming...
SAQUINA KARLA C. GUIAM  whispers the Devil himself put them here as if they weren   t made by the same grace that gave bir...
NATASHA TYNES is a Jordanian-American writer based in the Washington, DC area. Her fiction and non-fiction work has appear...
NATASHA TYNES  Chianti and looked at Salma, the most supportive of my friends. Confiding in her came naturally. We were bo...
GEOMETRY 01     Yes, New York. It was because of what happened with Lily Vierra.       Lily Vierra        The one and only...
NATASHA TYNES  The day the pregnancy was conceived we hadn   t had sex for a month, but that morning Ian woke up and start...
GEOMETRY 01     Go to your room,    he said, without looking at me. My father always avoided confrontations. He also avoid...
NATASHA TYNES     Well, you know,    Ian began,    the government gives them hell before they offer asylum, and it   s bec...
GEOMETRY 01  too political.    Ian kept trying to push the idea back to his original proposal before he stopped responding...
NATASHA TYNES  kids   but now my future was a void. A black trash bag was left on the sidewalk, and a stray orange cat, ta...
JE M YOS HIOKA is an illustrator and comic artist living in Wellington, New Zealand. Her comics tell evocative stories of ...
ARMEL DAGORN is now back in his native France after living in Ireland for seven years. His writing has appeared in magazin...
GEOMETRY 01  it for the whole boat ride, but hadn   t had the presence of mind to use it when the action finally came. The...
ARMEL DAGORN  pissing at will, preferably all over the Sunday best of my Mum   s flame. I took to holding up going to the ...
GEOMETRY 01  a drink, or go bowling for Christ   s sake. Some people just watch too much TV. We   d often spend Sundays ou...
ARMEL DAGORN     He worries me,    she said, while I sat on the stone bench outside, just by the door, like I was trying t...
GEOMETRY 01  just starting to like him. Sometimes I worried that, by chasing Mum   s first boyfriend out of our little eco...
ARMEL DAGORN  long enough to hear her talk about my love for photography. He gave me a digital camera. I must say I was qu...
GEOMETRY 01  for wanting to get rid of him  he was so innocent.    No,    I said as I started jogging towards what Eoin ha...
ARMEL DAGORN  of its natural habitat, setting up whatever props I needed around it would prove challenging too.    What ar...
GEOMETRY 01     That   s a good idea, Aidan. Thanks.    Mum kissed him on the cheek, and passed her hand through his hair....
KAREN AN-HWEI LEE is an Asian American poet and the author of     Phyla of Joy     Tupelo 2012 , Ardor         Tupelo 2008...
GEOMETRY 01  Instead of peeling the skin and coring the pith      hold a well-inked persimmon whose pulp is an ear of ligh...
PIA GHOSH-ROY grew up in India and now lives in Cambridge  UK . She is the winner of the 2017 Hamlin Garland Award. Her wo...
GEOMETRY 01  As we walked away from the monkeys, I turned my head to take one last look at them. They were far away now, m...
PIA GHOSH-ROY  with his hands behind his back, rocking gently on his heels as they weighed and packed. They, in turn, neve...
GEOMETRY 01  the bank and me to school. At night, even with the three kitchens, dinner was always on the ground floor, coo...
PIA GHOSH-ROY  When Boroma and I reached the Golpark crossing, the string of shops and tarpaulin roofs finally ended and I...
GEOMETRY 01  the skies had held back. We held hands and hurried towards Bhola   s shop for cover. Our house was only a cou...
LILY JAMALUDIN is a young Malaysian poet whose work currently focuses on the experience of the body in oppression and libe...
GEOMETRY 01  or peace, though those aren   t the words I   m looking for. Your body was once someone   s altar. Is still s...
LILY JAMALUDIN  to love so softly V. they used the word hacked. VI. in the photo, your face. the word I am looking for is ...
JO CURRIE is a photographer from Auckland, New Zealand who spends every available opportunity exploring our world. Her wor...
JOSHUA MORRIS is a trans non-binary individual from New Zealand, who loves all things poetry. They are currently enrolled ...
GEOMETRY 01  you need scissors to move on with your life to gut the demons that look like you but are not. I hold my hands...
BRETON DUKES lives in Dunedin, New Zealand, with his wife and two boys. His first book,     Bird North and Other Stories  ...
GEOMETRY 01  But she hadn   t heard or wasn   t listening, because her response had been,    Can you get PowerAde     Fion...
BRETON DUKES  like she   ll suddenly clear this pregnancy thing and tell him exactly what to do. He   s scared and a littl...
GEOMETRY 01  3 19am. What  Was he asleep  He   s still on the bed with the bowl and he lets it down, lighting up his phone...
BRETON DUKES  carrying her from their house , today at least, Greg is God. Going back into the living area, he holds up th...
GEOMETRY 01  Mum   s on the couch, talking, as he re-enters the living area.    When he was young, before what happened wi...
BRETON DUKES  office, is, could Greg predict his own behaviour  And, bullet-pointed directly beneath that  Does he know hi...
GEOMETRY 01  Turned over, bloated, maggots, ear blood, and asthmary sort of breathing. Normally he   d have had the .202, ...
BRETON DUKES  out of hospital, is cooking. And experiencing elation at his thoughtfulness, enjoying his beer-head, and see...
GEOMETRY 01        just, you know, presuming he   s her father, after the way we   ve been getting on.    Cold fills Greg ...
S A M AV E R IS is a short story writer who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, with his wife and daughter. His stories ha...
Before the door was fully open he smelled vomit. She was on the lino, her face flecked with colourful pieces of half-diges...
OWEN MARSHALL is one of New Zealand   s leading fiction writers. He has held the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship i...
Where lines meet.  Leilani Tamu     Brittany Shutts     Isabel Bermudez Ruby Porter     Bronwyn Waipuka-Callander     Shay...