Welcome to our ongoing Flash Fiction Sunday Edition.
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Flash Fiction chosen by Mark Dennis Anderson
I’m normally skeptical of stories full of abstractions rather than concrete action, but this piece shows me just how fluid the flash fiction genre can be. Poetic in nature, this reads as a meditation on a moment—in a tiny space—and all the emotional intensity it contains.
This is one of those pieces that does that thing I love but is difficult to pull off in flash fiction: It presents a concrete, grounded scene happening within a much larger context. Hyer expertly shows us only what we need to see, and we’re left both satisfied yet aching for more.
Just when I think I have something figured out—in this case, flash fiction—I’ll find an anomaly that, for lack of a better expression, punches me in the face. This is one of those ‘wait, you can do that?’ kinds of pieces. It’s a story, it’s a poem, it’s historical, it’s personal, it’s just what you think it is and isn’t all at the same time.
Snapshot portraits are perfect for flash fiction, especially when they highlight the strange and borderline heartbreaking idiosyncratic tendencies of a character like Cool Steve.