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Three Kings

Three Kings

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Chapter 8: The Secret Life of Stone

Once upon a time there lived Three Kings
Brothers they were, pre-disposed to extra-marital flings.
Decided, they did, to toy with a servant girl:
Each of their own right set her a’whirl.
Gifts of chocolate, jewels and fine wine,
Then out of the blue, just like that!, she was fired.
Brokenhearted and furious, a spell she decided to cast:
For three days and three nights she toiled a ceremonial fast.
“Punish the Kings!” was her wish and command.
The Universe obeyed and into trees the Kings were remanded.
There they stand until today – the lesson remains
Mess with a witch and you will pay.

©2011 Sezin Koehler, photo by Zuzu Arbus.

The Secret Life of Stone is a photography series that explores the wishes, hopes and memories of Prague’s statues as well as imaginary histories of Prague. The series is also related to the upcoming third installment to Sezin’s first novel, American Monsters.

The Cobblers

The Cobblers

Zuzu narrates a strange Prague encounter with creatures she calls Cobblers. Chapter 1 of The Secret Life of Stone. Read full post.

Transitions Abroad Essay Competition Winner

Dear Readers, Just a quick note to let you know that the essay I wrote about life in Prague as an expat placed as a runner-up winner in the Transitions Abroad essay competition. The article, Living in Prague as an Expat: The Times They Are a-Changin’, will be on their website for the next year.… Read full post.

Intimate Strangers

Intimate Strangers

The first in a series of reflections on the incredible Dialogue 2010, curated by Rose Deniz and on the topic of hybrid identities and location. Read full post.

My Supernatural Fetish

At the moment I have a totally healthy obsession with the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries by Charlaine Harris, the novels that have become the HBO phenomenon known as “True Blood.” I say my obsession is healthy because it’s my staple obsession, going back to childhood: My absolute and utter fascination and love of the supernatural. Monsters,… Read full post.

The Trauma Fairy

I am pretty sure I’ve discovered a new fairy who has been in my life for some time now. I’m calling her The Trauma Fairy, and my belief is she goes into our minds while we sleep and erases things that are just too awful to remember. One of the more dramatic times she visited… Read full post.