Lucy Zhang

High-Dimensional Space

The first horse’s tail flicks up in thick, black brushstrokes. The second horse grazes at the chipping white paint. Behind the wall, tree branches reach toward telephone lines, weaving through circuits to create sheets of blue-grey, patches of sky muddled by a dust storm of burning coal. Two vectors in an extremely high-dimensional space chosen at random are almost guaranteed to be orthogonal. The first: horses on the surface of concrete. The second: webs of cable cords. How they reach for each other on the same plane. How they never intersect.

Lucy Zhang writes, codes and watches anime. Her work appears in Best Microfiction 2021 and Best Small Fictions 2021. She edits for Barren Magazine, Heavy Feather Review and Pithead Chapel. Find her at or on Twitter @Dango_Ramen

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Spring 2021