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Issue 14: August 2022
Prose Poem: 103 words
By Daryl Scroggins

Leonardo

 

Frog and hare run through sinews of horse, and on into me in the spooling out of elations. Fingertip touching a bird’s cut artery, where I felt my own heart beating. So, in all of creation, the pondering of creation is most strange: seeing, in memory, one’s own self standing apart at river’s edge. Serpents slumping into silt-water at one’s feet. So it was that I carried with me an unfinished painting. The one that would be the image of paradox: What am I looking for? What am I looking for—if not that part of all that looks through me?


Daryl Scroggins
Issue 14, August 2022

has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of North Texas, and the Writer’s Garret, in Dallas. He now lives in Marfa, Texas. He is the author of This Is Not the Way We Came In, a collection of flash fiction and a flash novel (Ravenna Press), Winter Investments: Stories (Trilobite Press), and Prairie Shapes: A Flash Novel (winner of the 2004 Robert J. DeMott Prose Contest). His poems, short stories, and creative nonfictions have appeared in magazines and anthologies across the country, including Blink Ink, Cutbank, Eastern Iowa Review, New Flash Fiction Review, Star 82 Review, and Third Wednesday, among others.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Spring, microfiction by Daryl Scroggins in MacQueen’s Quinterly (Issue 12, March 2022)

Writer Boy, microfiction by Scroggins in MacQueen’s Quinterly (Issue 4, July 2020); nominated by MacQ for Best Microfiction 2021

Face of the Deep, ekphrastic prose poem in MacQ (Issue 3, May 2020)

Field Trips, flash fiction in KYSO Flash (Issue 12, Summer 2019)

New to School, microfiction in Eclectica (Jan/Feb 2018)

Two Fictions: “Almost Baptized” and “Against the Current” in New Flash Fiction Review (Issue 10, January 2018)

Eight Stories: A Mini-Chapbook at Web del Sol

 
 
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