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Bird Skeletons and other stories, an excerpt of the most recent book by Gabriela Torres Cuerva. lite

literalmagazine.com/bird-skeleton GABRIELA TORRES CUERVA It was a myth that I was determined to deny. Elba Juárez is the only one who can help you, they told me. By then I had gone through everything, from the longest and most expensive psychological therapy in history to a clean one with an egg and herb from the hands of a witch as famous as he was expensive. To a certain extent I insisted on balancing my internal forces. I allowed a woman to put bunched up newspaper around my feet, spray it with alcohol, and set it on fire to scare the evil spirits that inhabited me once and for all. Another event, perhaps the most shameful, was that of shrieking coal, burned alive: when it passed through

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