We've got another collection of short items for you today by Tania Hershman, Vanessa Gebbie and Jim Murdoch but we start with a short flash piece (as if there could be a long flash piece) by Sarah Hilary which she wrote as a modern day response to the famous six word Hemingway story (the unworn baby shoes for sale)…
Passing on (an homage to Hemingway)
For sale: Exquisite enamelled box with the words, “When this you see, remember me”, framed by a garland of forget-me-nots. Hinged lid. The base is fully marked. Please see pictures. To the inner lid there is a painting of a squirrel on a branch. In a very good condition, no cracks or damage. Absolutely no restoration. The gilt edge to the lid is still bright.
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• Sarah Hilary won the Fish Historical-Crime Contest with Fall River, August 1892. Her story The Eyam Stones was runner-up in the Historical Contest. Both stories will be published in the Fish anthology 2008. www.writewords.org.uk/sarah_hilary/
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So many candles.
Granny, make a wish!
I wish you'd all go home.
I wish I were twelve.
I wish I'd kissed Jimmy Sullivan and let him put his hand up my dress.
Come on, Granny.
I shut my eyes, and there's Jimmy, his clammy teenage hand creeping up my thigh.
I blow out the candles.
• Tania Hershman's first short story collection The White Road & Other Stories will be published by Salt in Sept 2008. Tania lives in Jerusalem, Israel, and is the founder and editor of The Short Review (www.theshortreview.com), dedicated to reviewing short story
collections. Her own stories and short shorts have been variously
published in print and on the web, visit www.taniahershman.com for more.
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I like the word ‘bromeliad’
for some reason
no reason at all.
• Vanessa Gebbie writes “I have been hard at work today, writing a poem especially for IS&T. Deep n meaningful this is.” (Hey Vanessa, if everyone spent their working days writing poetry, the world would be a better place. OK civilisation might collapse and we'd probably all starve but one out of three ain't bad …Ed IS&T)
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If Only Pigs Could Fly
Poems are words
the very limit of
meaning and then
driven over the edge.
Listen to them
• Jim Murdoch is Scottish and his blog is http://jim-murdoch.blogspot.com/