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How to Discover Atlantis

Taylor Franson-Thiel

It takes attending to your mothers’s whalesong

which can extend for thousands of miles,

reverberating waves through the body

guiding toward water of dark,

water of obscurité.


How the water around you is familiar

in the way your mothers tongue is

familiar. It takes getting

sonorous, loud


in your deepness—it takes venturing

into inconnue—So you can

forge a fresh



Sing your own song. Decouvrir, as your mother

always says. Of removing covers and

reaching into the au courant.

You look


to your mother afraid of what might be

out there. She smiles, sings.

C'est à l'intérieur de toi.

It is inside you

Taylor Franson Thiel is a writer from Utah, now based in Fairfax, Virginia. She received her Master’s in creative writing from Utah State University and is pursuing an MFA at George Mason University. Her writing frequently centers on playing as a Division One basketball player, the body, and mental health. Along with writing, she enjoys lifting heavy weights and reading fantastic books. You can find her on twitter @TaylorFranson

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