Lynette Leong first published issue 21
The fecund people - Andy Leleisi'uao 2014
Lynette Leong was born in Auckland and is of Hong Kong and Malaysian Chinese descent. She has previously appeared in blackmail press and Spectrum 1: An Anthology of Short Stories by New Graduate Writers.
In the new land we stray souls go wandering looking for a likely friend amidst pale trees that taught us to speak that teach us still to speak in words our parents cannot understand we wander further still we cannot see the sky anymore not the stars for navigation not the moon for time not the clouds for drink there is no night only the constant gloam of the heart of the pale forest and the cries of birds from stories that are not our own. but now and then there is a glimpse of a silver something brighter than the white arms that hold the sky and suddenly on our lips almost forgotten a trace of lotus nut sweet of duck yolk of fat grainy and thick on the tongue.