Review of Rachel Delaney Craft, “Black Crocodile”, Luna Station Quarterly 41 (2020): Read online. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.
Content warning: Drought and starvation.
Kanokwan’s story starts in drought, in a world where many things are dying and everything else is struggling for food. When a young buffalo gives birth, unexpectedly, and the rains come, the calf is taken as an omen, especially as the weaker the calf grows, the more it rains. But Kanokwan rebels against living a life dictated by omens, a life heavy with “the weight of being born only to die”. The story is a strange blend of fantasy, religion, and re-incarnation, full of sadness, hopelessness, and despondency. It was really interesting, and unexpected, one I’m likely to remember and reflect on in months to come.