Two Flash Fiction Pieces

Thank you to Former People for publishing these pieces.

Bangs, Whimpers, Arts, Culture, and Commentary

by Jeremy Nathan Marks 

My usual

I am forty and have never found any woman who would have me.

I once puzzled over how, despite my smarts, I wouldn’t be caught dead pushing paper in a firm or racking my brains to make a diagnosis. The thought of attending conferences dedicated to specialized knowledge makes me nauseous. Instead, I read things I find like wrappers and make collages out of trash. I tell fortunes from the grounds of edible plants. It’s called writing.

At night on my cot, I envision porcelain cups, sugar dispensers, and how many glasses of water a man can order without actually ordering anything. I dream in canvases of yellow mustard, relish green, and Heinz red. In my sketchbook, I have a man sleeping on a bed of sugar packets with white paper napkins for his blankets. Of such kingdoms do I dream.

There is only…

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Thank you, The Blue Nib

My short fiction piece “Hopper” is now available in The Blue Nib no. 38. You can read it here: https://thebluenib.com/article/hopper-by-jeremy-nathan-marks/

As stated by John Dos Passos

“U.S.A. is the slick of a continent. U.S.A. is a group of holding companies, some aggregations of trade unions, a set of laws bound in calf,  radio network, a chain of moving picture theatres, a column of stockquotations rubbed out and written in by a Western Union boy on a blackboard, a publiclibrary full of old newspapers and dogeared historybooks with protests scrawled on the margins in pencil, U.S.A. is the world’s greatest rivervalley fringed with mountains and hills. U.S.A. is a set of bigmouthed officials with too many bankaccounts. U.S.A. is a lot of men buried in their uniforms in Arlington Cemetery. U.S.A. is the letters at the end of an address when you are away from home. But mostly U.S.A. is the speech of the people.” -John Dos Passos, preface to U.S.A. 

Thank you, Unlikely Stories

Unlikely Stories has always been very good to me. It is an honor to be published by them again. I also appreciate that they are asking their authors to recommend a charity which they can promote. I chose the Center for Biological Diversity (a link to it is at the end of my posted bio on their website).

You can read two of my short fiction pieces here: http://www.unlikelystories.org/content/no-trumps-to-play-and-hard-truths

And two of my poems here:
http://www.unlikelystories.org/content/the-email-i-sent-a-washington-post-journalist-about-her-take-on-julian-assange-and

be like Brahma

From Verse of Silence (Spring 2019):

be like Brahma

We spent the afternoon listening to cracking trees
and rescuing voles pushed from their holes
by the surging river

I remember saying
let’s take the ferry if it’s running
the tide has never been higher
and my companion said
we’re wearing ponchos and boots
up to our knees
the time has never been better

These were suburban adventures.

I would watch rain fall
and wonder how the water
might go
would school be cancelled
in a divine blessing
while my father thought over
insurance like a good accountant
the way any householder considering
the future for his children would

But I
could be
like Brahma
then
saying non-being is my being
ready to drown in cold water.

-Jeremy Nathan Marks