Patricia Esteban Erles in B O D Y

“Upon passing the door to the master bathroom you make out a black reflection in the tub. You distract yourself by putting a bibelot face down in the children’s bedroom.

Whispering death threats in the dolls’ ears in the playroom.

You wind up climbing the stairs.

Thirteen steps you’ve counted now, thirteen, that lead you to a dark attic.”

From “Blueprint” by Patricia Esteban Erlés, translated from the Spanish by Megan Berkobien.

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Photo – Dollhouse by Sara Rothé (1699-1751, Amsterdam) now displayed in the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem by Vassil/wikimedia

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