Saturday, September 26, 2009

On "Seven Hands Played" by Cora C. Pyles (500 words) ***

I'm reminded of Jayne Anne Phillips's flash fiction or prose poems or whatever they were, the ones published in Sweethearts and then again as vignettes separating the large stories in Black Tickets. What these bursts of prose stand for, one isn't always certain, other than that they are really well-rendered pieces of prose. Cora C. Pyle's "Seven Hands Played" is a piece in such a tradition. The tale of a single night, of girls gone to visit boys in a far-out place, of something about to happen. Read it here at Kaleidowhirl.

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