KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 5: Spring 2016
Prose Poem: 93 words


by C.C. Russell

I used to send out helium balloons with a small plastic bag sealed and attached to the string that had a little slip of paper with my name and address on them. I would release them from my yard and wait and hope that someone would find my message.

It seems a bit silly, now that any little moment of our lives can go viral the world over in less than a day. But back then, we just wanted to know how long, how far our words could carry on the wind.

C. C. Russell’s
Issue 5, Spring 2016

poetry has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Hazmat Review, Grasslimb, and Rattle among others. His short fiction has been published in The Meadow, Oyster Boy Review, KYSO Flash, and Microfiction Monday Magazine.

Russell currently lives in Wyoming with his wife, daughter, and two cats. In the past, he has lived in Ohio and New York. He holds a BA in English from the University of Wyoming and was the editor of their Owen Wister Review. He has held jobs in vocations ranging from hotel maintenance to dive bar DJ to retail management.

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