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Alyssa Cooper

I cut him out at the root with small, sharp scissors, and I cleansed the wound with vinegar and salt. My favourite tree, with beautiful blossoms that burst forth each spring, and cool, smooth arms reaching for the sky; but his dangerous roots crept forth each winter, until they wrapped strangling tendrils around the delicate pump of my tired heart, threatening to squeeze the life from my chest.


Alyssa Cooper was born in Belleville Ontario. A writer with a passion for literary fiction and free verse poetry, her first novel, Salvation, was released in 2012. Her first poetry collection, Cold Breath of Life, is scheduled to be released in the winter of 2013. She is currently working as a designer in Belleville, where she lives with her vintage typewriters and her personal library.