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Issue 4: July 2020
Prose Poem: 138 words
By Guy Biederman

Rockin’ the Chi

 

My wife likes to dance. Me, not so much. I have one go-to move which gets me through one song. After that I fall back into Tiger Mountain and she busts me every time. “You’re doing tai chi again,” she says as she’s rockin’ and boppin’ and smiling my way, and of course she’s right. No place to hide after 40 plus years. Even behind a homemade mask. But if I can choreograph Cloud Hands with the Airplane’s “White Rabbit” while we shelter in place at a pace my sensei would surely not dig, I’m still rockin’ the chi, blocking punches, landing a couple, softly, all part of the dance though I’m more often found sipping carrot juice at the bar and sitting this one out, as my sweetheart lets it fly on the floor.

Guy Biederman
Issue 4, July 2020

teaches “low fat fiction” and is the author of four collections of short prose: Edible 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 midwife since 1991.

Guy lives on a houseboat with his wife and a salty cat, and walks the planks daily. It’s all true, especially the fiction.

Author’s website: https://www.guybiederman.com/

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This Day Afloat: Reflections of Life on the Water, Biederman’s blog

 
 
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