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Was Consuelo her name when a community of ghosts held her close? Whose heart colored the contours of her map? Who dreamed her to life, in nine months made a home for her before this imposter home, the one she remembers with eyes closed, the one she is learning to hate? • 20 • The Child Magdalena Planned on Calling Sarah The family album holds small images their white-rimmed edges cut in the pinking-shear pattern of 1936. The year Magdalena was born. The photos themselves no longer black and white but pale gray-green of age.

Como si la silla vacía no estuviera metida bajo el borde de la mesa, ese lado de la cama desierto y frío o el espejo reflejando una cara sola no se burlara de estas vidas que habitamos: ocupantes incómodos pagando en cuotas por lo que ya no tenemos. Sin él, sin ella, sin aquellos que arrancaron de este aire que respiramos ya no poseemos nuestras vidas el espacio que nos rodea, sonidos dulces de la calle o el campo. • 36 • Sin ellos no podemos seguir adelante, porque ¿cómo van a encontrarnos cuando vuelvan trastabillando a casa?

Whose heart colored the contours of her map? Who dreamed her to life, in nine months made a home for her before this imposter home, the one she remembers with eyes closed, the one she is learning to hate? • 20 • The Child Magdalena Planned on Calling Sarah The family album holds small images their white-rimmed edges cut in the pinking-shear pattern of 1936. The year Magdalena was born. The photos themselves no longer black and white but pale gray-green of age. Older now than their subject will ever be.

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