“Dental Imprint,” by Ben Niespodziany

Aug 20th, 2018 | By | Category: Prose

Before I departed from the dentist’s office,
the doctor asked me if I wanted to get an imprint
of my teeth to have on file, an impression
as part of their ongoing collection.

“People know you, people love you,”
the dentist said, most certainly confusing me
my teeth with the teeth of someone else’s.
“Do you know what people would pay
to wear your teeth inside their mouths?

To buy dentures of your crowns?
We’d make a fortune. Think about it
and get back to me.” He winked half
a dozen times and gave me his personal number.
I had no idea what was going on.


Ben Niespodziany is a night librarian at the University of Chicago and has had more than one cavity. He runs the multimedia art blog [neonpajamas] and has had work published in Ghost City Press, formercactus, Occulum, and a handful of others.

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