I have a new flash fiction piece online today at online journal Ghost Parachute. It grew from an exercise I did when I was as student in the Writers Studio Intermediate Class in 2014, taught by Janelle Drumwright. The exercise is based on a gorgeous poem “Ignis Fatuus,” by Yusef Komunyakaa.
Since I become a Writers Studio teacher myself, I have assigned the exercise a number of times, and it always yields interesting results.
My piece, to which I eventually assigned the name “Apparition on the Threshold,” is probably the closest to poetry of all the pieces I’ve written.
Imagistic and enigmatic, it doesn’t pause to explain itself, instead letting images flow from one to another, allowing the piece to unfold according to its own mysterious logic.
This is a testament to the Writers Studio method, as I would never have written this piece without being exposed to the Komunyakaa exercise.
Here is “Apparition on the Threshold.”
(Before finding its home at Ghost Parachute, this piece underwent an arduous journey, which you can read about here.)