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‘CENTRAL PAIN SYNDROME: NAMING THE BEAST’, by Doug Sharp

body hangs off me like a scab, torture-punished brain a scared little animal peering out of skull, rats gnaw at the base of psyche,  lick rusty razor blade,  electric flame slice belly,  fiery metal spears dangle from gut,  The great beast paws idly at my entrails, sparking shark teeth chew slowly up leg, thrust scorching […]

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‘pain and Pain’, by M-S-Y

The difference between lowercase-p, pain, and uppercase-P, Pain, is huge. Bigger than just a shift-key should make it. The difference between “Yeah, let’s go on a hike today!” and “I can’t walk today.” The difference between pain that ends, and Pain that just backs off for a while. The difference between the morning pills and the afternoon […]

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‘The Diagnosis’, by Roseanne Watt

A rookery, long abandoned now,  had been built inside my body. I don’t know where the birds went or why, one day, they uninhabited, leaving only their barbed-wire  residues, strung across the boughs of my hips; all sticks and spit,  all hollows meant for holding  something small, still desperately alive. I’m sorry – I’m afraid  […]

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‘Occam’s Hammer’, by Garry Coulthard

No one talks about Occam’s other idea, the hammer, when his razor didn’t cut deep enough, his hammer smashed down. ‘Of an event occurring, it is most likely that the simplest one is the correct one’ ‘Of an inevitability occurring, the one that hurts the most is the correct one’ When Occam’s hammer falls, it’s […]

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