Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

The Whales

The whales would sing because they were alone, but with each other, their song a reminder that loss and exile are linked.

What do you see in your future?

let goI won’t pass this on to you, I promise

I like the night up hereWe can see the stars.

They are not our stars,

Don’t worryDon’t worry.

They are singing to save the world, the entire world,

Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, editor, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 6 books of fiction & nonfiction, most recently The Sky Isn’t Blue (2016) and Imagine a Death (The OS, forthcoming 2021). She writes about interspecies communication, plants & personhood, the filmic long take, the apocalypse, inherited trauma, the concept of han in Korean culture, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is Founder/Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Founder of The Accomplices, and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.