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Ray Scanlon | A Bad Start

Ten degrees north of freezing. A guy at the train shivers in rapper shorts and light jacket. Cell chatter isn't enough for him; he thrusts with hockey small talk, I parry with baseball defense. I'm in no mood to chat, but the day is redeemed: a hawk crosses the tracks in a paralyzingly gorgeous glide just below the catenary. I lack the true birder's gestalt, can't even tell if it's a buteo or accipiter. I just gape.

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SF&D | August [Dear ________,]  
SF&D | August [Dear ________,]  

The August issue of Short, Fast, and Deadly features a theme section with epistolary poems and prose and six new works by Parker Tettleton.