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Dead Skunk Logo: round logo of a white skunk silhouette on a black background with the words “Dead Skunk” in cursive. “Dead” is neon purple and “Skunk” is neon yellow.


Leah S.

the pills are just a blanket

raggedy, full of holes

keeps in what it’s supposed to



the floral fabric is cheap

worn transparent by the edges

time pulls the threads apart

letting bits of the monster out


he’s crafty

the bitter tablets weaken him

but the minimum dose doesn’t satisfy



the blanket starts to sweat

seams strain with effort

a rip tears through the air

his claws peek out

Author Bio: Leah S. is a writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College and a master’s degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University. In an appalling betrayal to the Steel City, she says “soda” exclusively. Her favorite soda is Jones Cream Soda, half for the taste and half for the black-and-white photography on each bottle. Her fiction has been published in feeeels magazine.

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