Fig. 1780: Moth pinned to cork board, wings pattern of dictionary’s page, some words bolded. They say her finely inked wings are composed of scales. They say she will not fly again once you touch her, that the words are permanently changed.
Fig. 1811: A marred fallen leaf, the spectrum of apple colors. The page where small jaws gnawed a name.
About the Author:
Sarah Ann Winn’s poems have appeared or will appear in Bayou Magazine, [d]ecember, RHINO, Massachusetts Review, Quarterly West, and many others. Her chapbook, Portage, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications this winter. Visit her at http://bluebirdwords.com or follow her @blueaisling on Twitter.
This story was a semifinalist in The Conium Review‘s 2014 Flash Fiction Contest, judged by Ashley Farmer.
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Charles Rafferty (contributor to our Fall 2013 issue) recently published a collection of short stories with Fomite Press called Saturday Night at Magellan’s.
Charles Rafferty has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. His tenth collection of poetry, The Unleashable Dog, is forthcoming from Steel Toe Books.
His stories have appeared in publications such as Sonora Review, The Cortland Review, Bound Off, The Fiddleback, Louisiana Literature, and Citron Review. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Quarterly West, Massachusetts Review, The Literary Review, DoubleTake, and Connecticut Review.
Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.