Size / / /

On the morning after,
you look twice as hung over
as anyone else.

Others seem to
instinctively shun you.

You cannot remember
having a childhood.

Someone keeps painting
on the front door
of your house.

You have a recurring
nightmare about being
trapped in a Mason jar.

They turn you down
for "unspecified reasons"
when you try to
get yourself cloned.

The PIN tattooed
on the inside
of your left forearm
ends in Q, B, or 87.


Copyright © 2004 Bruce Boston

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Bruce Boston is the author of forty books and chapbooks, most recently Pitchblende (Dark Regions, 2003) and Head Full of Strange (Cyberpulp, 2003). His work has appeared in hundreds of publications and been translated into Chinese, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Spanish. His previous publications in Strange Horizons can be found in our Archive. To contact him, email

Bruce Boston is the author of forty-seven books and chapbooks, including the novels The Guardener's Tale and Stained Glass Rain. His writing has received the Bram Stoker Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Asimov's Readers Award, and the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. You can read more about him at and see some of his previous work in our archives.
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