A special episode in celebration of Eid al-Fitr, guest edited by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali.
By Karuna Riazi
“We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?”
— Christina Rossetti, “Goblin Market”
When was the last time food glided over her tongue?
It was funny how Kayla couldn’t even remember what it was she ate.
Was it a quick jaunt to a local fast food joint — a juicy burger or a chicken gyro that was left half-eaten and balled up in sauce-stained foil in the back of the refrigerator?
Had her mother tried to coax her into eating a meal one last time before she walked out the door, shouldering her bag, impatient, sure she was late?
(Late to what? To meet who?
Even that, she couldn’t be sure of, but that didn’t matter as much.) (Continue Reading…)