Bad luck

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December 22, 2022 by The Citron Review

by Réka Nyitrai


A woodpecker moves in next door. My wife gets pregnant and gives birth to a descent of woodpeckers. As soon as she brings them home they start to tap on our skulls. Whenever they find a soft part, there they create small feeding holes. They feed on our memories, mainly the good ones. In no time at all we find ourselves living in a never-ending present, punctuated by the fierce tap tap tapping of the chicks’ beaks. With no remaining shared memories, all we can do is divorce. Did you know in certain places, woodpeckers are associated with bad luck?


Réka Nyitrai is a Romanian-Hungarian poet who discovered her poetic voice at forty-one, mainly through Japanese short forms, but particularly haiku. Her debut haiku collection While Dreaming Your Dreams won the Touchstone Distinguished Books Award for 2020. Following this, she began to write both prose and lineated poems. She writes in English, her third language. 




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