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The Ana Files

The Ana Files Bonnie Ilza Cisneros You can’t spell Nirvana without A-n-a. Over a decade has unfolded like notes we passed between classes, schoolgirl origami with pull here tabs and song lyrics written in the margins: When I was an alien / Cultures weren’t opinions. No matter how many theories, how many clues, I might never solve the mystery of Ana’s fi nal disappearing act. Did she make a home for her blue moon baby, Luna Azul? Or are they maybe on the lam with Luna’s dad? Did she go back to Mexico, unidentifi ed? What I didn’t realize then is that all along I’d been collecting clues for the time she’d disappear like she always dreamed. I keep her letters, arrange them chronologically, analyze their postmarks like signposts marking eras, phases, chapters on our parallel-universe timelines. Th e last letters are postmarked New Orleans, and Ana was on the run. Again. She had hightailed it out of state, after the drawn-out conclusion of an aff air with a married co-worker, who, despite their Bonnie Cisneros otherworldly love, could not leave his spouse for her. Not for the last time, I’d be left pondering the consequences of the love that remains after http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative Ashland University

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Ashland University
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Abstract

Bonnie Ilza Cisneros You can’t spell Nirvana without A-n-a. Over a decade has unfolded like notes we passed between classes, schoolgirl origami with pull here tabs and song lyrics written in the margins: When I was an alien / Cultures weren’t opinions. No matter how many theories, how many clues, I might never solve the mystery of Ana’s fi nal disappearing act. Did she make a home for her blue moon baby, Luna Azul? Or are they maybe on the lam with Luna’s dad? Did she go back to Mexico, unidentifi ed? What I didn’t realize then is that all along I’d been collecting clues for the time she’d disappear like she always dreamed. I keep her letters, arrange them chronologically, analyze their postmarks like signposts marking eras, phases, chapters on our parallel-universe timelines. Th e last letters are postmarked New Orleans, and Ana was on the run. Again. She had hightailed it out of state, after the drawn-out conclusion of an aff air with a married co-worker, who, despite their Bonnie Cisneros otherworldly love, could not leave his spouse for her. Not for the last time, I’d be left pondering the consequences of the love that remains after

Journal

River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction NarrativeAshland University

Published: May 23, 2018

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