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magic, Fantasy, history

Fishbowl effect

by Jess Hutton

Salt lake city — As you get closer to the mountains, to the heights tall enough to catch and hold the cloudwash like sea foam, you can remember how the creatures in the Great Salt Lake felt, looking up through the filtered light, through their watery home, to the vast blue sky beyond. It’s not suffocating, living underwater, under clouds, this way. It’s close and comforting and you can see clearly across the expan...

fog, Winter, magic

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

by Jess Hutton

Salt lake city — Part of me knows that the fog is a result of cold weather and inversion, of dense pollution hanging in clouds above our city. But another part of me catches sight of glittery particles floating in the...

Comic Books, magic, Cards

All you need to know about my childhood

by Colin Wright

Columbia — Life is cyclical. I was in the gifted program as a child, and all of the students (and teachers) played a collectible card game called Magic: The Gathering. I snagged a deck, learned to play, and end...

Snow, Winter, magic

Our revels now are ended.

by Jess Hutton

Salt lake city — These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air. And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn tem...

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