Category Archives: Response to flash prose

Sarah

The following is in response to Sarah Wilkinson’s “Sarah.” The tension is created in this piece of short prose when, after we are reminded that the name “Sarah” appears in the Bible, it is revealed that the author’s mother is … Continue reading

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John the Baptist

The following is in response to Robert Olen Butler’s “John the Baptist.” For me, the tension didn’t really pick up until the middle when he says that he is talking about God; I guess I should have known, I mean … Continue reading

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The Inventory From A Year Lived Sleeping With Bullets

The following is in response to Brian Turner’s “The Inventory From A Year Lived Sleeping With Bullets.” This piece of flash prose is filled with tension. All the images of war—rifles, pieces of brain on the dashboard, torture fragments—keeps the … Continue reading

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My List of Longing and Impossibility

The following is in response to Ree Strickland’s “My List of Longing and Impossibility.” I really liked this piece of flash prose because it is about the speakers yearning to be a kid again. I think we all have this … Continue reading

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Vital Signs

The following is in response to Gabrielle Hovendon’s “Vital Signs.” The point of this short comes at the end as a flash of insight, that we don’t always know who we think we do. Hovendon develops Florian as a go-getter … Continue reading

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Craft Essays

The following is in response to three essays written on the craft of writing the short story or flash prose from authors Gabrielle Hovendon, Lisa Shafter, and Robert Olen Butler. Gabrielle Hovendon urges writers everywhere to ask themselves one simple … Continue reading

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Sweethearts

The following is in response to Jayne Anne Phillips‘ “Sweethearts.” This piece does not have a lot of tension; there were several places throughout to piece where I thought there was going to be some conflict, but besides the hint … Continue reading

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