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Monday, 26 August 2013 20:30

Blotches

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My friend Dylan, his new thing is what he calls “camming.”

            It’s my third day in a row staying home sick from school, so bad my mom says I need to go see a doctor when she gets off work, and he texts me, Dude u gotta come over here.

            Instead of messaging him back, I just hit send and call him.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:38

Crack and Burn

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       As he leaned in for closer inspection the weight of his drunkenness carried him forward and he fell into the mirror. His right eye socket was immediately flooded with blood from the resulting cut on his forehead, creating temporary blindness.  As he stumbled back into the party this episode was already a story to be repeated and embellished as more proof of his attractive ridiculousness. A random girl tended to his injury, cleaning the blood off his face with a piece of cloth she slipped into her jacket pocket when done.  

Monday, 12 August 2013 22:34

Short Cuts

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This is the stupidest thing to talk about.  But, fuck it.  One time, when the blood just wasn't enough, I pulled out a tooth.  I don't even want to tell this, but then I think, “Why not?”

            I think, “What's it going to hurt?”

            A razor blade is only sharp for one cut per edge.  Flesh dulls a razor quick.  I don't know why.  But the first cut, what I'd do is lay the razor flat.  No matter what I was feeling in my head, putting the razor flat against my skin would make me sick to my stomach, like I could almost puke if somebody just made that gagging sound.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 23:58

Steps

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I wanted her dead, yes, okay, and by my own hand---that they, my hands, were complicit.

Wasn’t the wisest decision now that I look back, but what can you do when love applies a pressure so hard it begins running towards hate? I thought the answer had been nothing, as in sit back and eat the shit you deserve you pathetic jag-off---as if the fault were mine alone. I was wrong, however, and all it took was a woman’s laugh to set me free.

Monday, 05 August 2013 20:42

All's Well That Ends Well

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“Hey, we’re talkin’ to you, you fuckin’ faggot.”

“Yeah, faggot.”

Dennis didn’t turn around, just sat down. His lunch tray made a thump in front of him. The school cafeteria was bustling, and the monitors never seemed to notice when this particular trio of varsity football players showed up, having a civil conversation with just another fat kid. Two students at the table got up and left. Didn’t want any part of this.

Monday, 17 June 2013 05:27

Bucket Love

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This isn’t Dawson’s Creek, but tonight my childhood best friend is close enough I can see green flecks in her hazel eyes, the little raised bump above her right eyebrow from that accident with the baseball bat, and the tiny scar tissue dent where her nose ring usually sits. Her once bright pink hair is now the faded colour of cheap store bought strawberry ice cream. The kind that tastes more of strawberry milk than it does actual fruit. Fastened around her neck, threaded through thick black cord, scrabble tiles spell out her name:

Z-O-E-Y.

Monday, 27 May 2013 22:53

Ride

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Riding a motorcycle on old highways insists on danger. Deal with potholes, loose gravel, and patchwork asphalt splotches. Roads covered with fluids that trucks leak like open sieves. From shadowy trees, animals dart across the road constantly, but that's almost a good thing because it keeps you paying attention. But if you hit a deer in a car at 70, you are going to have a problem. And that's not including trying to track down and put that poor beast out of its misery with a dull pocket knife while it kicks two broken, but functioning, legs at you.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 17:18

The Fix

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For all appearances I’m living the typical low-lifer’s fantasy: I’m an important criminal with a life full of action and intrigue. I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking: wow, this guy’s really full of himself. Get a Life. But, I know the real score: I’m just some ordinary loser in constant pursuit of The Fix. Any fix. Pussy … drugs … board games … whatever.

Right now I’m getting all down on myself with a gun to my head.

This month's video selection is a fantastically written short that demands satisfaction. 

The Duel at Blood Creek - Short Film from Leo Burton on Vimeo.

Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:42

Dad taught me to laugh. I hate him for it.

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Are you ever serious? Is everything a joke to you? These are the two questions, since my book has been published, that I get asked on a weekly basis. Then, because of my childhood, why don’t you write a memoir? People for some reason want to know the painful bits. But I don’t remember much. I’ve hidden my memories in the furthest corner of the darkest part of my mind. So dark, if ever I wander in to open that box, I fear I would never find my way out.

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