KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
“Flash isn’t a fad, it’s an art; and while I hope people can have fun with it, its pursuit should still be taken seriously.”
— Tara L. Masih, editor of Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction


Archived Issues

Issue 4: Fall 2015

Fiction 2015 Best of the Net
Best Small Fictions
2017 Pushcart Prize
(501–1,000 words)
(up to 500 words)
Faction 2015 Best of the Net
About Issue 4 Bio Notes Craft Essays Essays and Memoirs Featured Artist Reviews Visual Arts
Poetic Forms 2015 Best of the Net
Best Small Fictions
2015 Haibun/Tanka
Contest Winners
2017 Pushcart Prize
Haibun Forms Haiku Sequence(s) Poems, Lineated Prose Poems Tanka Forms

Content Warning: KYSO Flash contains a diverse range of literary
and artistic works, some of which are suitable only for mature adults.

Just as few folks load a plate with every delectable from the smorgasbord,
no one is expected to consume all of 93 works (63 textual + 30 vis-art)
in this issue. At least not in one sitting!

Please feel free to “graze” favorite (sub)genres at your leisure...
And again, thank you for visiting!

Note: Works by an individual may appear under multiple (sub)genres.
For a complete, at-a-glance list of works by each person,
please visit our index of contributors.

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About Issue 4
Clare MacQueen Introduction: Issue 4
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“Best Of” Contest
Clare MacQueen Announcing the “Best Of” Winners for the KYSO Flash Anthology of Haibun and Tanka Forms 2015
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Craft Essays
Jack Cooper Found in Translation
Punctuation in Poetry [R]
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Essays and Memoirs
Chip Livingston Yesterday My Father Was Dying [R]
Thomas F. Sheehan From an Appalachian Peak, a Small Red Star for Me and My Father [R]
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Featured Artist
David Victor Feldman Visual Arts: 12 Works
[includes digital photographs (both enhanced and un-manipulated), and paintings created via mathematics]
A Forest of Complex Poles
An Orthogonal Latin-Squares Quilt
[Black Water]
[Blossoms and Leaves]
[Charcoal Ellipticals]
[Combined Abstract]
Empire State Building
[Lamprey River, Christmas 2014]
[Looping Color “Eyes”]
[Mathematical Forest]
[Mathematical Plant]
[The Madding Crowd]
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Flash Fiction (501–1,000 words)
Ron Carlson My Maladies [R]
Jack Feerick In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle
Nick Lord Lancaster Berceuse
Katey Schultz Paddy the Albino [R]
Janey Skinner Carnivores
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Haibun Forms
Marjorie Buettner May Day
Summer Solstice [R]
The Anniversary
Three-Fourths of an Ounce [R]
Peter Butler Under Cover
Nora Chisnell Cleaving [R]
Margarita Engle The Peace Dove [R]
Alexis Rhone Fancher For Kate
It Rained Today in DTLA
Dan Gilmore After 9-11
Big Boy
My Big Brown Cup
Deborah Guzzi Jizo’s Children
Ryan Jessup The Argument
Bob Lucky Rule Change
The Current Situation
Clare MacQueen Announcing the “Best Of” Winners for the KYSO Flash Anthology of Haibun and Tanka Forms 2015
Michael Paul Sarajevo, June 28, 1914
Bruce Holland Rogers Value Added
Miriam Sagan Untitled [Venus and Jupiter] [R]
Sheila Sondik Flash Flood
Charles D. Tarlton Untitled [Antibes]
Pat Tompkins The Spice of Life
Harriot West Three Selections from Into the Light:
Still Life [R]
Transfixed [R]
Wrangling [R]
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Haiku Sequence(s)
Sheila Sondik Tangled Branches
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Micro-Fiction (up to 500 words)
Tamara Hollins In Between
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Poems, Lineated
Doug Anderson Living Will [R]
Glen Armstrong Flowers in Stone [R]
Michelle Bitting In Praise of My Brother, the Painter [R]
Andrea Blythe The Things I Own [R]
Alexis Rhone Fancher this small rain [R]
James B. Nicola First in Line
Pat Tompkins Laika in Orbit [R]
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Prose Poems
Glen Armstrong A Brief History of Starfish
The Goalie
Jack Cooper Neruda’s Typewriter
Alexis Rhone Fancher God as Ice Cream Vendor [R]
Mary Kancewick Two Grandmothers
Kathryn Kulpa Amaryllis
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Duff Brenna Dan Gilmore’s Just Before Sleep
[Chapbook of 23 haibun stories] [R]
Jack Cooper Reading to the Beat
[A review of the CD, an INTRODUCTION: Dan Turèll + Halfdan E meets Thomas E. Kennedy, with poems by Turèll translated and read by Kennedy, and music by film composer Halfdan E]
Video Poetry: Synergy or Dependency?
[Flash analyses of films of poems by Michelle Bitting, Billy Collins, Tanya Davis, and Langston Hughes]
Kathryn Kulpa The Best Small Fictions 2015
[Series editor, Tara L. Masih; debut volume guest-edited by Robert Olen Butler]
Clare MacQueen Tip-of-the-Iceberg Stories
[Grant Faulkner’s Fissures: One Hundred 100-Word Stories]
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Tanka Forms
Bob Lucky Upside Down
Clare MacQueen Announcing the “Best Of” Winners for the KYSO Flash Anthology of Haibun and Tanka Forms 2015
Charles D. Tarlton A Translation and Variations of Fragment 105 (a) by Sappho
Native American Flora
Jari Thymian Hair Noir
Pat Tompkins Scouting
Harriot West In Another Country
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Visual Arts

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Chloë Feldman Emison Four Artworks:
Hrisey, Ⅳ
St. George and the Dragon, Ⅰ
Untitled (Glasgow, CX [110])
Untitled (Glasgow, CXXIV [124])
Alexis Rhone Fancher Kate O’Donnell [Photograph]
Hard Rain in DTLA [Photograph]
David Victor Feldman See Featured Artist above
Debra Hurd Jazz Garden [Painting]
Jazz Street [Painting]
Janne Karlsson The Smartphone Creed [Graphic Art]
Frances Melis Five Paintings:
[Andros Lemons]
[Olive Tree in Fall Foliage]
[The Old Docks in Hora]
[The Wisdom of the Olive Tree]
[Tourlitis Lighthouse at Night]
Howard Skrill Five Paintings:
Green Water with Ice Floes
Pylons with Puffy Clouds
Radio Towers
Three Towers
Warehouses from Highway

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