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Ray Scanlon | No Contest

There's a perverse thrill in alternately whiffing scorched bone and the crayon scent of articulating paper: on one hand, slaughterhouse, on the other hand, comforting flashback to childhood. Add volatile solvents and adhesives; add easy workmanlike shop talk of #557 burrs. The dermatologist offers only a cauterizer's audible electric zap and nostril-tweaking charred flesh. For good times my dentist wins hands down.

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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.