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Bodies of Water

By Ari Koontz

I am nineteen years old, on a roadtrip with my mother from Bend, Oregon, to the seaside town of Newport.

After a week-long family reunion, I have finally convinced her to drive me up the coast to this little town where the air smells of salt and seagull droppings.

We are making our way down a narrow, winding path—me running ahead, my mother trailing behind at a more measured pace—to the almost deserted beach. The sun will set at any moment now and I’m all but sprinting toward the water, trying to keep up with the sun as it dips dangerously close to the horizon, barely noticing the cold wind that kicks up bits of sand into my eyes. My shoelaces are untied and I’m sure my hair is a mess but that doesn’t matter because I’ve made it, just in time.

About the Author

Ari Koontz is a queer nonbinary writer and editor based in Providence, RI, with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Western Washington University. In poetry and prose, Ari grapples with identity, truth, and the sheer beauty of the universe, and is particularly fascinated by oceans, forests, and other vast spaces. Ari’s work has been published in several literary magazines including Wizards in Space, Oyster River Pages, and Sweet Tree Review. You can find them online at arikoontz.com.

 

 

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