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Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2013 and 2014). She was also a semi-finalist for both the 2014 Pangaea Prize and the 2014 Atlantis Award. Claire was the grand prize winner of The Maine Review’s 2015 White Pine Writing Contest. Her first book of poetry, Waiting to Be Called, was recently published by IF SF Publishing.

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The table set
           silver instruments in place
steel needles, skill saws
           bowls of restive leeches

all under the glare
           of fluorescent light
sorcerers in surgical gowns
           green slippered feet

wear masks of rats
           or ravens
the room echoes with
           squeaks and caws

of anticipation
           the floor littered
with feathers
           and bones

sorcerers perch on
           stiff metal chairs
straighten their masks
           assess their meal

touch clamps and clips
           scissors and scalpels
with ravenous fingers
           softly whisper

count backward
           from one hundred

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