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Crash

by Andrew Stancek


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Andrew Stancek has been flying in his dreams since early childhood. In a Slovak book called Perutenka, the heroine floats, carefree, above the meadows. In Andrew’s novella Wingy, the protagonist soars until his inevitable Crash. Prescience does not lead to hope.

What more can you tell us about “Crash”?

I continue to grapple with the issues of inevitability and free will. “Crash” began as a 3,000 word draft about marital unhappiness and its hoped-for, yet unforeseen, consequences. In compressing, I came to discover the arc from the darkness of knowledge to the light of wisdom. Flannery O’Connor’s Misfit says, “She would of been a good woman, if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.” Compressing and decompressing can lead to insights about centering and transcendence.

News

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

Matter Press recently released titles from Meg Boscov, Abby Frucht, Robert McBrearty, Tori Bond, Kathy Fish, and Christopher Allen. Click here.

Matter Press is now offering private flash fiction workshops and critiques of flash fiction collections here.

Submissions

Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now OPEN. The reading period for standard submissions closes June 15, 2021. Topical Thursdays’ submissions are open year-round. Submit here.

Upcoming

08/30 • Andrew Warnke
09/02 • TBD
09/03 • David Hargreaves
09/06 • June Avignone
09/09 • TBD
09/10 • Laurence Musgrove
09/13 • Zoe Dickinson
09/16 • TBD
09/20 • Karoline Schaufler
09/23 • TBD
09/27 • Joan Wilking
09/30 • TBD
10/04 • Kim Chinquee
10/11 • TBD
10/18 • TBD
10/25 • TBD