KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 3: Spring 2015
Haibun Story: 106 words


by Pamelyn Casto

Where his arms, hands, and legs were, now are phantom limbs. He waits in extremity. He was a believer, once. When words claimed to mean and he could feel whole. Now his mute mouth and stunned mind are stuffed with aphoristic abracadabras as he loses the comfort of trumped up truths. He’s staked on premises, spins round and round as rhetoric rankles and rumples, trapping him in interstitial stuttered time. Fallacy after fallacy sieve through him as the feral night drags a drugged shadow behind flashes of phrases, lines, and letters—where meaning could not, cannot, will not.

newspapers flail
exploding catastrophes
headlines riddle streets

Pamelyn Casto
Issue 3, Spring 2015

studies, writes, and teaches flash fiction and haibun. Her feature-length articles on flash fiction have appeared in several issues of Writer’s Digest and in their other publications), in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, and in Books and Beyond: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of New American Reading.

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