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Rianna Pauline Starheim

Rianna Pauline Starheim’s work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Pacific Standard, Himal Southasian, New America, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and the literary magazine 40 Towns.

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Life Is Why

Fall 2017 | Essays

  1.  The average adult has eight pounds—twenty-two square feet—of skin. Healthy adults can lose a liter of blood before going into shock, and vital signs help monitor the onset and stages. Unlike adults, children can lose nearly ha [...]

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Rainbow Weather in Kabul

Spring 2017 | Essays

In Afghanistan, kite string is run through crushed-glass powder before it is coiled. Kite strings bite. My instinct when I’m cut is to grab the string tighter. But I have to let go. I’d rather be up with the kites. Catching the wind with the helicopters, the mountains, the birds—warblers, crows, rosefinches, bluethroats, blackbirds, doves.