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A Look at our AWP Postcards

We’ll have flash fiction postcards available for free at this year’s AWP Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The postcards feature Daniel Aristi’s “Mart of Karbala” and Mercedes Lawry’s “The Pale Investigator.” Each limited-run postcard is numbered (50 copies of each variant; 100 copies total). These free postcards will be available at The Conium Review‘s table (number 2025) and at the NewPages booth (number 415). Get yours while supplies last!

P.S. We’ll also have a micro-chap version of John Englehardt’s “This is Great But You Don’t Need It” available for free. More details on that micro-chap soon! Be sure to stop by our table to say “hello” and get some swag (and maybe buy a copy of our latest issue too).

AWP Postcards

“Marty of Karbala,” by Daniel Aristi

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He wasn’t all that the judge said he was. He was some, and not all the time, at that. He was still Marty, doing Marty things. Marty The Dervish, Marty The Top, Marty The Wolverine, and Sir Marty of the Burning Wells. He liked his cigarette in between courses at dinner claiming that Camels enhanced the taste of the food: ‘y’all add salt, I have a smoke: big, fuckin’ deal. Hypertension will kill y’all faster than fuckin’ cancer.’ General laughter. ‘Like air freshener on shit, man,’ he would then add with a flourish, his latest trademark Martyism, the air freshener dictum. ‘His chest has no lungs,’ his folks back home used to fable, ‘all the space has been taken up by the heart.’ Allegedly, even his ribs were long-gone, too, pulverized by the cardiac hammering, such was the extent of Marty’s bonhomie. But one day in June he sat little Jessie on the lawnmower and off they ran in the garden and screamed away like bald eagles, blitzing the grass full throttle, searching for insurgents behind the tool shack. ‘Oh, I see,’ people tell me then, ‘I see.’

About the Author:

Daniel was born in Spain. He studied French Literature. He now lives in Botswana with his wife and two children, and two cats. Daniel’s work has been recently featured in Asymptote and Gamble the Aisle and is forthcoming in Cactus Heart.

Image Credit: © Kreatiw / Dollar Photo Club