Fiction in Issue #8 of splinterswerve

A new issue of Canadian ezine splinterswerve has launched, featuring a piece of flash fiction I wrote.

splinterswerve describes itself as an e-zine of the arts and encourages work that “gets under the skin of its audience and its creators”. Its name and manifesto are inspired by the Emily Dickinson lines:

The Brain, within its Groove
Runs evenly—and true—
But let a Splinter swerve

The zine has an edgy experimental feel, which isn’t often what I choose to write or read. Composing my flash fiction piece, Oh, Ephemerality, therefore involved playing around with the unfamiliar, in terms of both style and content, and I’m very pleased that the splinterswerve team chose to feature it. It may not be entirely indicative of what I want to do as a writer, but it can be fun to wander down strange paths every now and then and see if we end up liking them.

Check out the issue–there’s a pretty cool collection of creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, photography and sound up there, and it’s always great to support independent collectives.

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4 thoughts on “Fiction in Issue #8 of splinterswerve

  1. Angie says:

    Hi Khali – I loved your written piece in splinterswerve so much that I just had to read more of your writing. Oh, Ephemerality is just so different and thought-provoking and I love it! May I ask what exactly your angle was with this piece? The anger felt by the narrator almost makes me feel as though he is suppressing something regarding the Romantics, or perhaps the entire story is a metaphor symbolising the youth of today no longer appreciating classic literature?

  2. kahlis says:

    Hi Angie: thanks for the comment. This was a piece that I really didn’t want to overthink, but your second guess is fairly accurate. However, it wasn’t so much an observation of classic literature being no longer appreciated, than of certain Romantic ideas being no longer appreciated (ideals, values, literary techniques, etc.). The piece just stemmed from a few disheartening experiences I’d had, and is the result of me trying to shake a story out of them. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    – Kahli

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