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Isaac Ferber


A jar of teeth, now that’s
nothing to smile at.

Dentin is brown, you know?

The old medical school
used to be by the zoo.

Now they’re beige apartments,
and certainly someone
lives in the former morgue.

I bet their fridge stays cold.
When I was twelve or so,

I went to science camp.

We’re imaging flesh flies.
The room décor distracts.

Jarred cadaver molars
in sunlight gleam dull green,
soaked in formaldehyde.


Isaac is a Chicago-based writer and visual artist. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Northwestern University. His work is inspired by the natural world through poetry and digital collage.