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Issue 23: 28 April 2024
Microfiction: 89 words
By Mikki Aronoff

We Deer-Catch

—After The Shadow of Days (1970) by Wifredo Lam*

We cave-leave, we walk-go. In dark we river-cross. We plant-flatten, we dirt-line-draw. We flame-forge, we plants-boil. We bones-throw, we jump-dice. We chest-thump, we hair-pull. We feet-stomp, we purple-blister. Sun comes, we spear-sharpen. We throat-growl, we deer-beckon. We deer-chase. We deer-kill, we flat-stretch. We blood-drink, we bones-clean. We meat-fire, we sticks-click, we deer-eat. We dream-sleep. We down-pull sky, up-push ground. We rock-lick. We cloud-bite. We legs-stand. We circle-make. We condor-call. We walk-go. We sound-sing. We sound-sing. We sound-sing.



* The Shadow of Days (painting, 1970) by Cuban Surrealist painter and sculptor Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) may be viewed at KarlaCarolina (23 April 2011):

To learn more about the artist, visit the following site, which offers a comprehensive biography, chronology, and a range of his works from the 1930s through 1970s, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, and other artforms:

Links above were retrieved on 7 April 2024.

Mikki Aronoff’s
Issue 23 (April 2024)

work appears in 100 word story, Atlas and Alice, Bending Genres, The Citron Review, The Disappointed Housewife, The Dribble Drabble Review, Flash Boulevard, Gone Lawn, New World Writing, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Midway Journal, Milk Candy Review, Mslexia, The Offing, Tiny Molecules, trampset, and elsewhere. She’s received nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best American Short Stories, and Best Microfiction.

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