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Claire Polders

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Claire Polders is a Dutch author.

Her short prose has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies in print and online. Stories can be found in Prairie Schooner, Denver Quarterly, TriQuarterly, Electric Literature,, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Essays appeared (among others) in Tin House, The Pinch, Room Magazine, and Green Mountains Review.

Born in Gouda (yes, from the cheese), Claire grew up just outside Rotterdam, seven meters below sea level. She earned a double master’s degree in Literature and Philosophy and is married to an American writer. In 2019, they gave up their home, sold their stuff, and took off to roam the world.

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De onfeilbare

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The Wrong of My Birth

Happy to share another story with you, published in Gone Lawn 38, the 2020 Autumnal Equinox edition.





It’s an odd story, I believe, and a dark one, yet the majority of it is actually nonfiction.





Thank you, editors, for accepting my work!









Do you ever scratch until you bleed? Do others look at you in disgust because they can’t stomach your raw red lesions or the scattering of flaky dust you leave in y

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“Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.”
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“Men know almost nothing about desire, they think it has to do with sexual activity or can be discharged that way. But sex is a substitute, like money or language. Sometimes I just want to stop seeing.”
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“We teach our children one thing only, as we were taught: to wake up. We teach our children to look alive there, to join by words and activities the life of human culture on this planet's crust. As adults we are almost all adept at waking up. We have so mastered the transition we make a hundred times a day, as, like so many will-less dolphins, we plunge and surface, lapse and emerge. We live half our waking lives and all of our sleeping lives in some private, useless, and insensible waters we never mention or recall. Useless, I say. Valueless, I might add — until someone hauls their wealth up to the surface and into the wide-awake city, in a form that people can use.”
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“No one knows what causes it. It’s not passed in the air. It’s not sexually transmitted. It’s not a virus or a bacteria, or if it is, it’s nothing scientists have been able to find. At first everyone blamed the fashion industry, then the millennials, and, finally, the water. But the water’s been tested, the millennials aren’t the only ones going incorporeal, and it doesn’t do the fashion industry any good to have women fading away. You can’t put clothes on air. Not that they haven’t tried.”
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