Flash Fiction

Recently my writer friend Pam Parker gave me a book called Oh Baby by Kim Chinquee. It is a collection of flash fiction and prose poems. At first, I was not impressed. The fragmented sentences. The juxtaposed topics. The leaping imaginative use of language. But, like an anaesthetic it got under my skin. The pieces are akin to that child-like wonder of tearing into presents under a Christmas tree. I pored through the pages, thinking to myself: novel? Why take on an endeavor so humungous? Well, I am still attempting to complete Good Wives River, but here is a first attempt at a flash fiction piece. Hope you like it.

When I was 13, I used my Dad’s double barrel shotgun to chase James into the shower. Turned the water on while he pleaded. Later, Jeff said he’d asked for it. I wasn’t so sure. It was all I thought about once I was in Afghanistan.


About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Synergia Ranch, and EarthRise IONS. His poems and fiction are published in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is six times a Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His books are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press).
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One Response to Flash Fiction

  1. Angela says:

    Will have to learn more about this flash fiction…I like it!

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