Excerpt from "Fifty Ways to Break Your Heart" in Double-Click Flash Fic:
"In her own way, she was opening beach season. When she plunged, naked, into the lake, the water enveloped her in the embrace she'd been craving all year. It was here that she could hide, in the murky depths, and think. She could holder her breath for minutes at a time; she was alone and even he couldn't reach her here. At the bottom of the lake, where masses of seaweed grew out of the sand, she practiced drowning as an inside joke that only she could get." Maya Sokolovski
Maya Sokolovski is a communications specialist based in Toronto, Canada. Maya writes a lot. Reads a lot. Unfortunately, also edits a lot. In her spare time, she plays guitar, goes out dancing, and putters around at home. This is her first book in what she hopes will be many more. Find out more about the author and her portfolio of work at mayasokolov.com.
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Kolleen Carney reviews a poetry collection from Karla Cordero, Grasshoppers Before Gods.
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After reading Brian Fanelli’s third poetry collection, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, I was immediately drawn to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and, in particular, a scene where Alice asks the Cheshire Cat, ‘“Where should I go?” The Cheshire Cat replies, “That depends on where you want to end up.” Like Alice, Fanelli experiences life events in which convince him that adaptability is necessary for success. He grows into adulthood by keeping a level head as he struggles to live in a world that has been turned upside down.
Even if Gina Tron’s short story collection Eggolio and Other Fables turned out to be an uninspired, sweaty piece of literary garbage, we’d still have that cover. I have been reviewing books for a little over a decade. Eggolio and Other Fables may feature one of the best covers I have ever seen. Illustrated by the stunning, clearly underrated Cora Foxx (I’m guessing, but I will also venture to say that whatever Cora is currently making as an illustrator, it’s not enough).
Ron Kolm writes with a remarkable eye for detail and personality. He also often writes with the tone of a man who can’t quite believe he’s still alive. Certainly, his latest book Night Shift strongly implies that he is a man who can tell you where to find the best taco trucks beyond the gates of hell. Few writers working today can combine dry, almost weary observational wit with steady, charming wisdom.
George Wallace, former Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island, is a permanent fixture on the New York poetry scene. His thirtieth collection of poetry, A Simple Blues With A Few Intangibles, is plush with hallucinatory imagery and skillful language. His musical dialect is indicative to a drumbeat, or the lonely whine of a Fender Stratocaster, yet the melody here exclusively stands on its own. From the first line to the last, readers are catapulted into an abstract world bursting with lyrical wizardry.
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