I have a new story up over at WhiskeyPaper today alongside a piece by Aaron Burch. I think I originally wrote “Dearest Miljana” in response to Esquire’s call for Aspens—stories that were exactly 78 words long. I’m not sure the story is exactly 78 words anymore, but it’s close.
I also had in my head the voice of Charles Simic. Not his poetry voice but his actual voice: if you read the piece, maybe imagine an older man speaking in a Serbian accent.
P.S. Janey took the photograph of the owl, in one of her homemade light boxes.
1:26 pm • 25 August 2014 • 3 notes
Two Stories in WhiskeyPaper
Thanks, WhiskeyPaper! “Leather, Lead,” an excerpt from a novella-in-progress, gets some air & light, and “Six Bites” is a sensual excursion I hope you dig.
10:33 am • 25 August 2014 • 5 notes
“She makes us strong coffee, one cup at a time, because that’s how she is, even grinding the beans one cup at a time. I’ve written a poem about your spice cake, I say. I want to read it, she says, but there is no commitment in her words. And it’s about so much more than spice cake that she’ll never get it anyway.”
— NEW STORIES POSTED: “Leather, Lead” & “Six Bites” by Wendy C. Ortiz. WhiskeyPaper, August 2014. cc: wendycortiz
10:32 am • 25 August 2014 • 8 notes
Every Kiss a War by Leesa Cross-Smith - Blog - Carve Magazine
Reviewed by Beatriz Terrazas , a Carve Literary Services consultant. Leesa Cross-Smith&…
In “And It Can Never Be Too Dark Or Too Bright” Cross-Smith shows her mastery of metaphors that sizzle: He kisses with urgency. He kisses like a dying man. He kisses like he worships women. Your mouth is his church. How could any reader not think back to lost loves or to the way we always imagined love would be?
11:37 am • 19 August 2014 • 1 note