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UPCOMING THEMES AND DEADLINES
#97: ‘Habit’ (Winter 2014)
I gotta kiss your face three times before I can sleep. A dog pacing around its basket, injecting under the same flickering light. Occasional insomnia – but these feeds won’t refresh themselves. If I see three blue cars before I get to work, it’s going to be a good day. Didn’t I tell you? Something borrowed, something blue? Cake knife’s dirty, kiss closest to you. But you’re not eating cake. New fad diet hey? I scrape information out from underneath my eyelids. There’s some bad habits under that bright glow. A regimen. The religion of addiction – nuns walking around dreaming of skin-to-skin. Here’s a ring, promise me this? You won’t collect, become a hoarder of past selves. I told you, over and over, it’s a good day. The miracle hair growth scam didn’t work, rub my head for luck instead. Alopecia is a family tradition. That’s the third kiss, okay. Thank god I don’t have an addictive personality. It’s going to be a good day.
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