Quilliad Issue 12

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Policy proposal Spenser Smith “They should be lined up and [have] needles thrown at them like darts.” —Mike Schmidt, Medicine Hat court sheriff, in reference to Medicine Hat residents who inject drugs Facebook comment published in the “Official Medicine Hat Neighbourhood Watch” group (August 2019) Bodies lined up like old bottles. The best bullseye is a body clothed in nothing but bruises and starlight. The best bullseye is my body, braced for contact, forever curled like a shrimp. Needles splay my chest. Ten points for a nipple, says the sheriff, twenty for an eye. A mosquito buzzes into my mouth, and I swallow the blood of strangers. My body has never been my body.


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