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  • a magical suicide
  • Dana L. Stringer (bio)

  his most difficult act is when he's high      he transforms into houdini            a black one  who can make a handgun disappear      while being frisked  by uniformed masters of blue illusions      who join in the spectacle  of cuffing his hands behind his back    confining him to the backseat            of a squad car      then turning and looking away  while he twists his body like a contortionist            frees himself      and brandishes a loaded weapon      then pulls the trigger and shoots        himself in the chest                and          abracadabra                no          hocus pocus        and just like that          he's gone       we all sit still          spellbound          speechless [End Page 145]

Dana L. Stringer

Dana L. Stringer is the author of the chapbook In Between Faith (Black Picket Fence, 2014). She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she also serves as an instructional facilitator and instructor in the Inspiration2Publication online program.



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