Palpable Fine Needle Aspiration, Left Thigh, Huntsman Clinic 2C

I apologize for the needle’s sting, jabbing in quick fine motions beneath your skin. Under the microscope, the cells look back at me with red, violent eyes, angrier than ever in their return. I hide behind the microscope. Would you want to know? The thought of it, something like a ruined voice singing a hymn.

Year Created: 2020

A resident in the Department of Pathology, PGY3. I hold a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His short fiction has been published in various online journals of experimental literary writing including the2ndhand.com. Literary honors include an honorable mention in the 2010 Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest judged by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Andrew Sean Greer, and First Prize in the School of the Art Institute Writing Fellowship Competition judged by Pulitzer Prize-finalist author Lydia Millet.