This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Solstice Black, is from The Damage Done by Susana H. Case, released by Broadstone Books in 2022.
Content warning for gun violence
Flashback: Cross Hairs on the Back of Your Neck
A postcard drawing of the cross hairs of a rifle, Traitors Beware sits in your mailbox. The old man at the newspaper kiosk on the corner has a pistol with silencer under his woolen coat. The fountain pen in the pocket protector of the life insurance salesman who tries to talk you into a policy is a cyanide gas gun. Your whitecoated pharmacist is working slow but sure behind that counter, punching powder to pack arsenic into pill capsules. He owns a target rifle that can blast a sparrow mid-song at two hundred yards. Your mechanic stays up late to study booby traps, the metal piled on his table. Minutemen know more about you, Janey, than your husband does.
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