Flash in Winter: See you at AWP!

Where to read, hear, and meet your favorite Flash Flash Click contributors:

Catch Flash contributors at the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington DC! Contributor Wendy C. Ortiz will be on the panel “But That’s Not How It Was: Memoir Writers on Pushing Back Against Expected Narratives” on Feb. 9.

Contributor Michelle Ross’s story collection, There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You (Moon City Press), is available for pre-order and will be debuting at AWP. Hear Michelle read offsite at AWP at Fast, Fresh, & Weird on Feb. 9.

Also at AWP, editor Siel Ju will debut her novel-in-stories Cake Time (Red Hen Press). Hear her read at the Red Hen Press Omnibus Reading Feb. 9 and sing at Literaoke II Feb. 10.

Pick up contributor Carol V. Davis’s new book of poems, Because I Cannot Leave This Body (Truman State UP)!

The next Roar Shack happens Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. Contributor David Rocklin hosts!

Enjoy two new poems by contributor Lisa Locascio — “Your Fear Of My Power” and “There Is A Lie In My Heart” — at El Balazo Press.

Contributors Kathleen McGookey and Erin Lyndal Martin both have poems in decomp! Read them here and here!

Enjoy Monica Nawrocki’s latest piece in Chaos!

Don’t miss Yasmina Madden’s “fake nonfiction” piece in Defenestration Magazine.

Contributor Wendy C. Ortiz is judging creative nonfiction for the International Literary Awards! Submit by Feb. 15!

Read Carol V. Davis’ new poem in Miramar.

Enjoy contributor Marley Simmons’s brief essay in Sweet Tree Review, and her flash story in the 2017 print issue of Steel Toe Review.

Contributor Michelle Ross’s story “When the Cottonmouths Come to Feed” is in the new issue of Cream City Review.

Contributor Melissa Goode’s story “On a planet other than ours” was published by Litro in January.

Contributor Mary Milstead has three pieces in Shirley Magazine: “The Lion and the Lioness,” “The Rabbit,” and “Never.”

Contributor D. A. Hosek’s story, “Our Lady of the Freeway” was awarded the 2016 Headland Prize.

Contributor Marley Simmons’s story “Good Neighbors” was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart by Menacing Hedge.

Trading Places — by Mercedes Lawry

The singular fellow, oh, what does he know about the cursed, lulling down the street like a piece of fresh bread smeared with butter? He’s tip top and lucky in love and never in need of courage. Dash of the sea in his honey-blue eyes, bones carved by angels, slick tongue with a way of the words, like pry bars they are, to the flattery. I’d like to lean my whiskers against his creamy black hair. I’d like his stylish jacket and his cock o’ the walk fedora. I’d like to suck out all his air and take it into myself, full fat with the measure of what he has, leave the shell of him here in a puddle of piss with my woebegone story and the black heart of me. I’m a dreamer in the glove of despair, waving my fingers. You might read those signs as a wry hello or the jolly embrace of the puke and the shit. I am one of a thousand and only myself as is he, the fellow who strides past with nary a blink or a count of the cold. I’d like his bed and his mother and his dry socks. I’d like his stink of posh soap and his glamorous whiskey and his memories of summer. Now, he’s away and I’m here and there’s just the skim of a hope of oblivion. You clabbered souls with a fix and a full bottle, you’re welcome along to the ruin and maybe a song about long ago that’ll rip at the dim sorrows you thought were deep and buried with your old dogs. Life in the muck isn’t all bad, just the breadth of it, the width, the seams, the chinks, the fractures and the marrow. Just that.

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Mercedes Lawry has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Harpur Palate, Natural Bridge, and others.  Thrice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she’s published two chapbooks, most recently “Happy Darkness.” She’s also published short fiction, essays and stories and poems for children and lives in Seattle.