Cover Photo: Detail from Margareta Haverman's "A Vase of Flowers"/Metropolitan Museum of Art
Detail from Margareta Haverman's "A Vase of Flowers"/Metropolitan Museum of Art

What Does it Mean to Kill Something That Can Fly?

You wanted us to have a baby. I wanted your baby, and also for all the moths in the house to die.

You wanted us to have a baby. I wanted your baby, and also for all the moths in the house to die.

it’s so unfair we can’t make one togetherit feels like I’m inside you’,yes, yes it does.’

light bodies bob and zig through the air. What does it do to a person to end over and over again this little bit of biology—this little bit of magic? I read online that moth’s wings are covered in thousands of miniature scales and hairs and that this is how they hear—not through ears, but through their wings.

Kate Barss is a writer living in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Catapult, The Hairpin, The Awl and others. She has been shortlisted for prizes in Room Magazine, Prism International, Event Magazine and others. One of her stories appeared on Wigleaf's List of Top 50 Short Fictions of 2018. She has been the recipient of literary grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.