National Poetry Month: April 17

Hi friends!

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:

String-of-10 Second Place Winner – Robert Vaughan « Flash Fiction Chronicles

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:

Robert Vaughan reads “Fang Face” by Matt Hart – YouTube

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?

About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Synergia Ranch, Cedar Valley and The Clearing. His poems and fiction are published in over 600 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans, and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at Bending Genres and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is nine 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 flash fiction was selected for Best Small Fictions 2016 and 2019. 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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1 Response to National Poetry Month: April 17

  1. Andrea says:

    Nature doesn’t surprise me…people who abuse the priviledge of co-existing on this glorious earth and abuse it shock and sadden me. As they are then surprised about how it’s hot it January or snows into May. With regard to how I am deadly? I would have to say with my my wit…hee. And yes, sometimes I hate the conclusions of certain books as I want them to never end. Thanks for posting, it’s always a pleasure to take my Robert break of beauty this lovely April.

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