Liana Fu is a writer grown from the sub/urban Midwest. She is currently studying Creative Writing and Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies at the University of Chicago, where she also edits for Blacklight Magazine, a journal dedicated to publishing creators of color. Her poetry appears in Occulum Journal and Ghost City Review, and her essays/articles appear in HuffPost, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Southside Weekly, and The Chicago Maroon. You can follow her tweeting @liana_lfu.
Beheading fish is secondhand to my Grandpa. I watch him, crouched outside on the front lawn, send the silver-scaled head flying with one measured blow, a flashing blur in the sun. See, Yen Yen, this is how you do it. The blood soaks into the grass. I squat next to him, nodding with enough enthusiasm to topple my own skull off my bony shoulders. This is how you separate the body from the head.