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fondles

by Alina Stefanescu

fondles


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What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “fondles”?

“fondles” came together in one night as I was inspired by the discovery of triptychs in the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. Originally, the text had been part of a novel in its 4th draft version and I wasn’t sure whether to keep this section. When I saw the triptychs and explored them, I imagined an Eastern Orthodox icon in triptych — where the eye is always drawn to the center panel first and then to other two, in response, as it were. We have a wood triptych in our living room and the more I stared at the triptych, the more the fondles came to mind. Honestly, I think there are times when you have an idea you are trying to force into the wrong form and when you are presented with the “right” form, it’s an a-ha moment. A very happy, well-lit, house-warming sort of moment.

News

Congrats to the Best Small Fictions nominations from Matter Press for Compressed Creative Arts: Sara Backer’s “Oh, What a Night”; Dan Crawley’s “Powers”; Jill Talbot’s “Malahat Highway on Boxing Day”; Christopher Allen’s “Falling Man;” and Kathy Fish’s “Five Micros.” Congrats to Christopher Allen for being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

Submissions

Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now open. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period closes June 15, 2019; submit here.

Upcoming

05/20 • Clint Margrave
05/22 • Leah Griesmann
05/23 • Nance Van Winckel (1 of 8)
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07/01 • Danielle Hark
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07/08 • Matthew Barrett
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