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Unstrange Creatures

By Richard LeDue

Life can feel like shooting a vampire

point-blank, only to realize

a table leg would be more useful,

and it can also be like laughing

at a friend who's certain

sunlight kills zombies,

but we all can't be Van Helsing

nor even a hysterical Barbara-

the best most of us can hope for

is to be a credited extra,

who got a loan from their parents

or maxed a credit card

just to make it

to the filming in a far away city.


Richard LeDue (he/him) lives in Norway House, Manitoba, Canada. He has been published both online and in print. He is the author of seven books of poetry. His latest book, Everyday Failure, was released by Alien Buddha Press in October 2022.


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