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Splinters by Alicia Turner

The medical history form reads “Has the patient encountered any unforeseen changes?” with a box for yes and a box for no.

The medical professional asks: “How do you rate your level of pain on a scale of 1-10, with zero being ‘no pain’ and 10 being ‘the worst possible pain’?”


Alicia Turner is a grant writer & storyteller from WV. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Voicemail Poems, FreezeRay Poetry, Luna Luna, Defunkt, époque press, Space City Underground, The Daily Drunk, Sybil Journal, ExPat Press, Rejection Letters, Screen Door Review, J Journal, among others. Follow her on Instagram: @leeshycup.

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