BIOGRAPHY: Richard Jones
"There are many blues, / but this is Mediterranean blue— / eternal blue of the Greek gods / and light-drenched sea and sky."
BIOGRAPHY: Tyree Daye
"I was watered in the pot / of a flood women’s daughter, / she let the weeds / grow beside me until I almost chocked, / then cut them away and told me to bloom."
POEM: Yamaha in Slow Motion
BIOGRAPHY: Samantha Kennedy
"The birch trees wash into a mile long watercolor / when she feels the collision. She's lifted, caught / against a branch, and thinks her mother / was right: this boy is bad."
POEM: To the Observatory
BIOGRAPHY: Olivia Olson
"We’ll watch the traffic of stars pulse / over the span / of several nights, compare / their whorl to your fingertips, / to the sluice / of cinnamon in coffee, to this / summer spreading over the last."
POEM: On Significance
BIOGRAPHY: Timothy Greenup
"The headlines say that yesterday an elk was spotted near the schoolhouse, and supposedly the 90-year-old wheelchair bound war hero was bludgeoned to death when his drug deal went bad."
BIOGRAPHY: Kerri Webster
": red grasses underwater, flat / with the weight of water / also a blue and yellow oar / also a blue spot on the river floor / maybe a portal"
BIOGRAPHY: J.H. Yun
"I feared we would never un-wild ourselves. / But this way, at least, we were fed. / A few pouches of stolen grains or a strip / of jerky still damp with sweat. / We grew to love the iron in death."
from the Editor, Monique Wentzel
I confess that I tend to have little patience for the short short (or micro-fiction, flash fiction, sudden fiction, etc.) So often, flash fiction seems more flashy than substantive—a form that’s somehow shirked that very basic responsibilities of storytelling. Yet occasionally I come across a short short that grabs my attention because it’s suffused with something—mystery, the color of a single emotion, a strangeness—that a longer story maybe couldn’t sustain as well. The best micro-fiction, I think, functions much like a memory does; it is selective, happens out of time and is briefly consuming. This issue, we’ve chosen to feature two such short shorts, both under 1000 words and both doing what the form does best. Enjoy!
FICTION: That Feeling When
BIOGRAPHY: Nick Greer
"Meet up at the community college parking lot, blaze, and drive off. Try to keep up with your buddy’s glowing blue car as it scribbles through the hills along the lake. It’s not a lake, it’s a reservoir, someone in back says, that fucking guy who always finds a way to tag along."