Writing contests are strange. You enter them never expecting to hear back, or perhaps with the list of those who placed, your name excluded. Which is why I was so thrilled to hear that my unusual piece, “A Gauze, A Medical Dressing, A Scrim,” took 2nd place in the recent Flash Fiction Chronicles String-of-Ten contest. Here is my piece, and also an exchange about the piece with Karen Nelson:
Often I write about the world in which we live; impressions of the natural occurrences like changes in light, or falling leaves. I look to make abstract associations, and I noticed this tendency as I read through the brilliant collection Debacle, Debacle by Matt Hart. His work, like mine, is undefinable: poetry? fiction? genre defying? internal? external? abstract? And yet, his skill at conveying, even piercing emotions, and dazzling word combinations is unfathomable. So, today I read “Fang Face” from Matt Hart:
Debacle, Debacle is available at h_ngm_n Books: H_NGM_N: an online journal & small press
What do you notice in nature that surprises you? How are you deadly? Do you hate conclusions of stories?