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Issue 17: 29 Jan. 2023
Microfiction: 116 words
By Daryl Scroggins

Page Torn from a Graphic Novel


The tilt of his head always looked like a menu being handed back to a waiter. Askance. Eye contact not enabled. A preemptive masking of knowledge that allows it to spill. And then it’s morning on the front walk, the last time I will see him. Cold, his coat and breath say. A weather of leaving. The sun is new but also old, reclaiming its things. We hear a sound like a litter of blind puppies. I look for them under a bush. “Geese,” he says, his face near mine when I glance up. And there they are, the V of them in the curved lens of his blue eye.

Daryl Scroggins
Issue 17 (29 January 2023)

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

Roadshow, microfiction by Daryl Scroggins in MacQueen’s Quinterly, aka MacQ (Issue 15, September 2022); one of three pieces by Scroggins selected as Finalists in “The Question of Questions” Ekphrastic Writing Challenge

Spring, microfiction by Scroggins in MacQ (Issue 12, March 2022)

Writer Boy, microfiction in MacQ (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 by Scroggins 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 by Daryl Scroggins at Web del Sol

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