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Title page of Chelli Riddiough’ “Blue”

Esopus 19 (Spring 2013)

New Voices: “Blue”

By Chelli Riddiough

“As a child David loved the cartoons where a boxing glove would pop out from a character’s chest like a hilarious, haphazard game of pop-goes-the-weasel; years later, when he punched his girlfriend for the first time, he was amazed by how it felt just as he’d imagined it. In the darkest corner where body and mind share horrible truths, he knew this punch was a long time coming.” 

Eleventh in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors. 

Chelli Riddiough is a junior at Williams College, where she is studying philosophy. “Blue” is her first published story.