Desire in Jackson Heights

Text by MARIA TERRONE
Images by WHITNEY LIGHT

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Maria Terrone is the author of two poetry collections, A Secret Room in Fall and The Bodies We Were Loaned, as well as a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2. Her next book, Eye to Eye, will be published by Bordighera Press in 2014.

Whitney Light is a photographer and writer from Winnipeg, Canada. 

 

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