Lately I am obsessed with short short fiction. Flash fiction, sudden fiction, micro fiction: whichever label you prefer, I love the precision and intensity that typify works of this genre. The short shorts featured in DB12 explore the relationship between freedom and belonging and are as diverse as they are superlative. Sherrie Flick’s “Pie Inside” offers a snapshot of the delicate nuances that subtly define and drive a romantic relationship. In “Dangerous“, Karina Borowicz invites us to view the world through the eyes of a child, finding danger and adventure in the mundane secrets of the domestic sphere. Kaveh Bassiri’s “Check” is poignant and chilling in its portrayal of xenophobia and the immigrant experience. Renee LaGue’s “The Practice of Being in Motion” brims with vivid imagery that propels the prose forward, taking the reader on a literary roller coaster ride of words and emotions. Beautifully crafted and at times artfully nebulous, these works offer instant gratification but pack a lingering punch; though they take mere minutes or even seconds to read, I am amazed at how much is said in so little words. I know that I will be revisiting this folio again and again, unearthing new ideas with each reading.
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