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Please join us to celebrate the release of Serena Lukas Bhandar’s debut chapbook, this dying body, published by Rahila’s Ghost Press.

“The poems in the book examine the tensions between transcendence, substance abuse, and self-harm by remixing the themes and characters of the novel The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle with my own experiences of self-medicating and struggling through chronic illness and the isolation and stress of the pandemic. What is lost when a mythical creature becomes a mortal woman? And what is created when we accept that our chronically ill bodies possess inordinate beauty, and deserve to be loved and cared for?”

Copies of the book are available for order online at www.rahilasghostpress.com

Serena Lukas Bhandar is a writer, educator, and witch of Punjabi Sikh and Welsh ancestry, as well as an incoming MA student in English at the University of Calgary. For more of her writing and other work, please visit serenabhandar.com. You can also find Serena’s work in the inaugural issue of Open Word.

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