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KARA GOUGHNOUR IS THE SCENT OF BASIL AND LEMON THROUGH THE KITCHEN WINDOW TINTED WITH YELLOW LINEN AND SUNLIGHT. they are THE BODILY WARMTH LEFT ON INANIMATE OBJECTS AFTER THEY’RE HANDED TO YOU, MAKING THEM SEEM TO HOLD THEIR OWN LIFE. they are the bloodied round on the head of the deer missing an antler, staring down at you through the green clouds of tree. they are A GREEN LEAF PLUCKED AND TUCKED BETWEEN POINTED TEETH. they are A SMILE SHINING LIKE A LONE GHOST IN THE DARK.

Kara Goughnour is a queer writer and documentarian living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They received their Bachelor’s Degree in Creative and Professional Writing from The University of Pittsburgh. They are the author of "Mixed Tapes," forthcoming in the Ghost City Press Summer 2019 Micro-Chap Series. They are the recipient of the 2018 Gerald Stern Poetry Award, and have work published or forthcoming in The Bitchin' Kitsch, Third Point Press, and over thirty-five others.