Tin House Flash Fridays

After visiting the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska with a couple of old friends and their daughter, I found myself writing about upside down jellyfish and card tables.  This piece of flash fiction, which originally began as a prose poem, appears in Tin House’s online Flash Friday series.

 

Excerpt:

At her next session the mother tells the therapist how her daughter became a jellyfish—no—how her daughter became the photosynthesizing sea algae living in symbiosis with the jellyfish.  The therapist sits there thinking about that—much as the mother did: standing there, thinking about that—until she asks, “What is your daughter’s relationship with your other daughter?”

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