Father’s summer suit. A smoke in mouth, matchbox in pocket. Stick-matches—bones at fingertips; the matchbox a casket. Cigarette flakes like skin. Swallow the paper-skin.

Nicholas Finch recently joined University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. Former assistant editor of Neon Literary Journal, Finch was raised in England and South Africa before moving to Florida. He has pieces published or forthcoming in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Fields, The Florida Review and elsewhere. Finchandcrown.com.

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Poetry

February 2017

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Nicholas Finch