Here, in micro-flash nonfiction, writers make quick work of compelling stories.
On Becoming a Writer at 60
by Peter Welch
Words, birthed, tender and pink,
welcomed into the world.
Words, at first whispering,
emergence only possible
because I love them all,
or learn to.
Words thrill me
as they roll off my tongue:
Evanescence – Erudite – Equanimity
Gorgeous and tenacious words
tumble out, cascade over,
forging new topography,
resilient enough sounds, consonants and vowels
rubbing against each other, creating heat.
A resonating trust begins its unfolding,
one that urges the words
to flush and flurry into existence,
reaching into paroxysms
that rightly bring them forth.
Ephemeral or enduring,
Exalted in their earthly reckonings,
and essential truths.
Words, messy and mesmerizing,
Watercolor, “Cat’s Eyes,” by the poet.
by Amie McGraham
Newlywed: She bleached her hair, the close-cropped jet black tresses enshrouded in a peroxide haze. I only saw it in a snapshot: my mother in a high-waisted leopard-skin bikini, lifeguard tower in the background.
Divorcee: She’s 40. I’m 12. She’s sporting the Toni Tenille bowl cut, Frye boots, my great-grandmother’s mink coat, and a NOW bumper sticker on the bright blue ’57 Chevy pickup she later traded in for a Volvo station wagon.
Resident: She wheels out of the salon on the memory care unit, and I almost don’t recognize her beneath the poufy, all-white bouffant. But she knows me.
Photo of Monica Vitti, via Flickr
About the Writers
Amie McGraham grew up on an island in Maine. Her writing has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines including Brevity and Wild Roof Journal. Currently writing a novella-in-tweets, Amie also produces a weekly 100-word newsletter, the micro mashup.
Peter Welch is currently enrolled in the MFA Writing program at Bay Path University. He is also a watercolor artist and lives in Kittery Point, Maine, with his partner Michael and their rescue pup Dasher.
The Quick Work series is curated by Multiplicity Executive Editor, Kate Whouley.