With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Yasmine Ameli teaches creative writing through the Loft Literary Center, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY, Ploughshares, and Black Warrior Review. She lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
Every morning the public school chooses a student to lead us in patriotic worship over the intercom. I stand before my classroom flag and count my heartbeats. At recess I draw stars and stars.