Boyfriends: Yali


I first saw Yali in a Cuban grocery store staring at a pile of beef tongues behind the butcher’s glass. The great, late mysteries of the planet, he mumbled and picked up a caimito and sniffed it with enthusiasm.  Yali was a sad fellow even when he smiled and every time he walked near me I felt the world weighing down heavy. He told me the story of his sisters and how all the men they married died together one evening on a cruise to Gasparilla. The next day they found three bloody legs on shore and one pair of shorts. His father lost their house in an arm-wrestling match and his mother had a heart attack after the maid drank her bottle of ’91 L’Ermita. She lived in a convalescent home and every saturday, Yali would visit, resting his head on her knee and asking the universe where he went wrong.

Breaking Point: His habit of passing out on the houseboat deck with a miserable look on his face and a net full of black eels.

STORIES: Shelagh Power Chopra’s work appears in FRIGG, failbetter, The Good Men Project, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. She runs the website, a fictitious account of a relationship gone wrong. She lives on Cape Cod and is working on a novel. DRAWINGS: Kara Jansson's iPhone & iPad drawings have been published in online publications including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, WNYC, The Outlet and Used Furniture Review. Her work was recently included in the exhibition "Stylectrical" at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. She is a founding board member of the International Association of Mobile Digital Artists and Co-Director of the art collective, Coalfather Industries. More from this author →