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“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 8: August 2017

Fiction Flash
(501–1,000 words)
(up to 500 words)
Faction About Issue 8 Bio Notes CNF, Essays, Etc. Review(s) Visual Arts Hybrids & Poetry Cherita and Haiku Featured Author Haibun (Prose + Haiku) Poems, Lineated Prose Poems Tanka Prose

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

However, an “[R]” with titles below simply indicates reprinted works; or, more accurately of course, republished works, since KF-8 is an online publication.

All works published in this journal are copyrighted by their respective authors and artists, and may NOT be reproduced without their permission in writing. Thank you for respecting copyrights.

KF-8 includes 117 works (113 written and 4 visual-art), by a total
of 65 contributors. Of the written works, 79 are new (70%)
and 34 are reprints (30%).

Works by an individual may appear under multiple genres below. For a complete, at-a-glance list of works by each person, see Index of Contributors.

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About Issue 8
Clare MacQueen Introduction: Issue 8
Statistics [for all issues; also includes VIDA data]
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Cherita and Haiku
William Cullen, Jr. Driving Cross Country [haiku sequence]
Two Poems:
veterans graveyard [R]
Peter Jastermsky receding [cherita sequence]
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CNF, Essays, Etc.
Roberta Beary The Lost Weekend: An editor’s brief perspective on haibun submissions as viewed through the prism of film noir titles [R]
Tara Campbell Crossover Sci-Fi: On Breaking Down Genre Walls and Writing for Everyone [an excerpt] [R]
Skip Eisiminger Counter-Entomological Warfare
Myth and History
Nano Lit: Concision [R]
Mikhail Iossel Not-Evens [R]
Kandi Maxwell Wild Salmon
Bill Mohr Post-Mortem Elixirs
John Olson See Featured Author
Gerard Sarnat Post DT’s Election First Hellacious Stale Breath
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Featured Author
Clare MacQueen Introducing Our Featured Author
John Olson Brought to a Boil: An Essay on Experimental Poetry [R]
New Grind [R]
Sling [R]
Strange Matter: The physics and poetics of the search for the God particle [an excerpt from the essay] [R]
The Debris of Pain [R]
The Mystery of Grocery Carts [R]
Jared Demick “Touching is the television of blood”: An Interview with John Olson [two excerpts from the 5,000-word original] [R]
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Flash Fiction (500–1,000 words)
Erin Darby Gesell Retribution
Tim Hawkins Pura Vida: An Alternative Travel Guide
Richard Holinger Normandy
Kathryn Kulpa The Museum of Curiosities
Under the Ceiling
Nancy Ludmerer Hide-and-Seek
No Offense
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Haibun (Prose + Haiku)
Roberta Beary The Pick-Up Artist
See also CNF, Essays, Etc. for Beary’s tips re submissions.
John Brantingham For the Deer
For Turkey Vultures
Jeannine Hall Gailey Love Story (With Fire Demon and Tengu) [R]
Bill Gottlieb Birds Above Us
Magnolia Snow
Peter Jastermsky Beyond Complaint
Bob Lucky The Last Time I Lost My Mind
Bill Mohr Scorpio in Transit
Alexis Rotella RIP Shaman Bobby Ray
Adelaide B. Shaw Tide Pools [ekphrastic]
Kathryn J. Stevens Annie
Blind Side
Rich Youmans Honeymoon at the Taylor House
Morning Sun
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Micro-Fiction (up to 500 words)
Nin Andrews Confession 17
H. P. Armstrong Starfishing
AJ Atwater Conversation with My Guru Followed by Lunch
On A Thousand Pitch-Black Nights Just Like This One
J.B. Last Time
Tara Campbell Yarn Galleon
Dan Gilmore Oinks
The Gizmo
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois Labyrinthine Audiology [R]
Too Much Benadryl [R]
Kim Hagerich Bundle of Joy
Tim Hawkins More Life
Nancy Ludmerer Aaron’s First Girl
Amanda McLeod Public Service
Lynn Pattison Two Stories:
Obituary II
Kate Petersen Postage [R]
Adam Trodd Bad Call
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Poems, Lineated
Heather Beatty Shark Cage [R]
Daniel Blokh A Trembling of Finches
A Walk
Michelle Brooks In the Terminal
Look What You Created
Tara Campbell The Trouble With Pronouns [R]
Jack Cooper Secrets
Some People [R]
Kika Dorsey All Grown Up
Polishing Leather
The Voices
Alexis Rhone Fancher Why I Almost Forgave You (Perché ti ho quasi perdonato) [R]
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois Birds [R]
Updraft [R]
Tim Hawkins Elegy Within Earshot of Howling [R]
Michael Hettich Soup [R]
Arthur Kayzakian The Sound of a Vacant Room [R]
Joseph Millar Time-Poem [R]
Gayle O’Key A Short-Lived Conversion [R]
John Olson See Featured Author for Olson’s essay on experimental poetry.
Jimmy Pappas Jimmy Gets Invited to His First Tea Party Meeting [R]
Last Words [R]
Pet Peeve Jimmy
Lynn Pattison Remember how droplets skittered the frypan? [R]
Richard King Perkins II Natural Deceptions
Trinkets of Blue Smoke
LeeAnn Pickrell Hand and Wheel [ekphrastic]
The Ostrich [ekphrastic]
Marge Piercy My shadow is long [R]
Kevin Ridgeway Haunt
John Warner Smith Two Poems + Commentary:
Inner Space
Wise Old Men
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Prose Poems
Doug Anderson American R.E.M.
Time Islands
Nin Andrews I Am a Depressed Orgasm
Linda Nemec Foster Dark Green, Forest Green
His Wife Gets Profiled at the Zurich Airport,
Love and War in the Park, Lucerne
Julie Gard Rational Thought
Dan Gilmore Gratitude
Kathleen McGookey Feather Child
That Couple with Their Heads Full of Clouds
John Olson See Featured Author
Judy Reeves As If Loneliness [R]
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Bob Lucky Journeys 2017: An Anthology of International Haibun, Edited by Dr. Angelee Deodhar [R]
Bill Mohr Feasts by Holly Prado (1976) [feminist prose-poem novella] [R]
Lisa Segal Desire, Power, and Intimacy: A Review of Alexis Rhone Fancher’s Enter Here [erotic poems] [R]
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Tanka Prose
Janet Lynn Davis Sticks and stones
Claire Everett Footless
Urszula Funnell This Side of the Fence
Charles D. Tarlton A Question of Murder
Ann Knickerbocker’s Interrogation II [ekphrastic]
Taking It to the Limen [ekphrastic]
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Visual Arts

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Benedict (Ben) Francis Mud Face [photograph] [R]
Ann Knickerbocker Interrogation II [painting] [R]
Pierre-Auguste Renoir Mussel Fishers at Berneval [painting] [R]
Alfred Stieglitz Georgia O’Keeffe—Hand and Wheel [photograph] [R]

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