There you are across the wide pool calling to me from the other side telling me about
the swim and how it felt and how hungry you are now, hungrier than you’ve ever
been, the hunger like a roaring inside, like you could eat a whole loaf of bread with
peanut butter and call it a sandwich and how the feeling underwater goes below words
and comes up the other side, eyes stinging a little from chlorine, water dripping from
your nose and in the distance some kid shouts MARCO, answered by a chorus of POLO,
a call & response of youth which you no longer belong to and these things I can
only hear in the distance as you wave to me in your swim cap, as I hold my breath &
push off from the side, headed for the deep end, high dive looming with its cannonball
lessons of life.
—A much distilled version, “Free Swim,” appeared in 50-Word
Stories (12 July 2018).
teaches “low fat fiction” and is the author of four collections of short
Grace (KYSO Flash Press, 2019), Soundings and Fathoms: Stories (Finishing
Line Press, 2018), House Samurai (Iota Press, 2006), and Parts &
Labor (Thumbprint Press, 1992). His stories have appeared in dozens of venues
including Carve, daCunha, Flashback Fiction, KYSO Flash, Sea Letter, Third
Wednesday, and Exposition Review, where he was twice a Flash 405 winner.
In 2018, his flash was nominated for the Best of the Net anthology.
Born in the Chihuahua desert near the Mexican border, Guy grew up on a stingray in
Ventura, learned to write in the Peace Corps during a civil war in Guatemala, honed his
craft pulling weeds and planting flowers as a gardener in San Francisco, and later
received his M.A. from San Francisco State, where his teaching career began.
He’s been a creative-writing instructor since 1991, and he’s also
worked as a bookstore clerk, gardener, ad sales rep, sports writer, and publisher.
For 12 years he published the literary magazine Bust Out Stories and a handful
of books by bay area writers.
Guy hosts The Floating Word on Radio Sausalito, lives on a houseboat with his
wife and two salty cats, and walks the planks daily.
Author’s website: https://www.guybiederman.com/
This Day Afloat: Reflections of Life on the Water,