by the tracks
made them cry
she stood at the platform’s edge
he was on the train
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix – January 14, 2016
Welcome back to Bastet, who has been thinking about doing a mix day of poetry and one of the various forms of flash fiction or perhaps a dabble into a specific genre – a sort of potpourri.
To start her new series, we are looking into a form of flash fiction called power shorts. Bastet reminded us of a post she wrote in 2013 about ‘power shorts’, a technique used by Rick Mallery in his study of the short story, which involves compressing them into the smallest possible structure: a story in 100 words (better if less) with a conflict or ambiguity which creates a surprise ending. She has given us an example and a photograph for inspiration.
For those of us who prefer poetry, she would like us to write a shadorma or a sijo (this is a traditional Korean poem composed of three lines, 14-16 syllables each totalling between 44-46 syllables. A pause breaks each line approximately in the middle; it is not based on metrics).