“Indrajit Makes Offerings,” attributed to Manaku, ca. 1725. Ink on paper. Art courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Last night she burned her wishes. With her mother, down beside the river. Sparks. Burning bits
of paper… Fluttering lambs, laid to rest in the sky… We make these wishes so we can burn
. When you put the pen to paper it makes something real. We are always proving ourselves
to the ether.

Julia Laxer lives for the stories and writes in the afternoons from a messy desk in a rose-lit room in downtown Portland, Oregon. She is a poet, essayist, and memoirist who is at work on her memoir and exploring ritual within performance art.
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