Wild Life

  • Title: Wild Life
  • Author: Kathy Fish
  • ISBN: 9780983792802
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wild Life Wild Life is a collection thirty four undomesticated flash fiction pieces Keep this book on your bedside table Dog ear it until all the pages are folded Read it in the bath teach it store it in y
    Wild Life is a collection thirty four 34 undomesticated flash fiction pieces Keep this book on your bedside table Dog ear it until all the pages are folded Read it in the bath, teach it, store it in your bag, recite it on street corners When people stop to ask you what you are doing, tell them that you are reading aloud from a collection by the best flash fiction wWild Life is a collection thirty four 34 undomesticated flash fiction pieces Keep this book on your bedside table Dog ear it until all the pages are folded Read it in the bath, teach it, store it in your bag, recite it on street corners When people stop to ask you what you are doing, tell them that you are reading aloud from a collection by the best flash fiction writer in America Amelia Gray, Author of AM PM and Museum of The Weird People often say the purpose of flash fiction is to shine a spotlight, to illuminate, to light up our lives, a flash of insight This to me has always seemed a dull reason to do anything, much less write or read flash fiction And I think Kathy Fish proves the point, here in this book Who cares what she may teach us, in flashes of blinding light or otherwise, in these stories so carefully built, so wonderfully turned of phrase What Kathy does is expose us not to insight but to mystery She puts us in the middle of these worlds she s made and says, Look what I ve seen And then when we do, when we come to these stories ends, we shudder with confusion and love Joseph Young, Author of Easter Rabbit and Name

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    About Kathy Fish


    1. Kathy Fish is a core faculty member for the Mile High MFA program at Regis University in Denver Additionally, she teaches two week intensive Fast Flash Workshops as well as weekend intensives through Word Tango Her fourth collection of short fiction, Rift, co authored with Robert Vaughan, was published by Unknown Press and released in December, 2015 Her story, A Room With Many Small Beds was selected by Stuart Dybek for inclusion in Best Small Fictions 2016 Queen s Ferry Press, Tara Masih, Series Editor Two other stories were recently selected for the Wigleaf Top 50 She has also had stories chosen to be sold in the first short story vending machines in the U.S at Francis Ford Coppola s Zoetrope Cafe in San Francisco Kathy Fish s stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup 20 Provocative Women Writers Black Lawrence Press, 2015, Richard Thomas ed , Choose Wisely 35 Women Up to No Good Upperrubberboot Press, 2015 Slice, Guernica, Indiana Review, Mississippi Review online, Denver Quarterly, New South, Quick Fiction, and various other journals and anthologies She was the guest editor of Dzanc Books Best of the Web 2010 She is the author of three collections of short fiction a chapbook of flash fiction in the chapbook collective, A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women Rose Metal Press, 2008 , Wild Life Matter Press, 2011 and Together We Can Bury It available now from The Lit Pub She has been a fiction editor for Smokelong Quarterly and judged a number of flash fiction contests She has taught flash fiction to high school students at American University s Discover the World of Communication summer program.


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    1. Honestly I'm a little nonplussed with Flash Fiction. Even when filled with scalpel-sharp bits of description and haunting or resonant moments like these, they seem to end quickly too really be felt. Each flashes briefly and then is swallowed up by dark, unconnected to the fragments before and after (besides perhaps by a few thematic threads. But then, I tend to prefer novels over stories in most cases as well, even within a single author's work.Also, what exactly separates flash fiction from pro [...]

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    2. Two recent reviews of Wild Life: A review by Richard Thomas at Outsider Writers Collective: outsiderwriters/archiv and at review by Roxane Gay at Beyond the Margins beyondthemargins/2011/12/t

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    3. If you're like me, when you finish the brilliant new chapbook Wild Life just about every other page will be dog eared. From the prodigal brother eating watermelon in the dark, to the Payless shoe store clerk who may or may not be a child abductor, to the couple with the new bed, you will turn the last page of this book and feel as though you have entered a truly beautiful and brilliant mind. And that mind belongs to the book's author, Kathy Fish. Fish's wry humor, keen vision, and deft language [...]

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    4. You have to write flash fiction to know how damn good Kathy Fish is, she makes it look so effortless. But it takes a lot of skill to produce the little gems she writes. This is a wonderful flash collection. Loved the stories, the depth, and the originality, and even the cover.

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    5. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT OUTSIDER WRITERS COLLECTIVE.In Kathy Fish’s slim volume of flash and micro-fiction stories, Wild Life, she splits the collection into two halves, the first entitled Wild (“The lioness is crouching.”) and the second entitled Life (“Grundy Triplets Perish Unnecessarily”). And there is a reason for this. While both sections deal with family (even though the subtitle to the collection is “a collection of undomesticated flash fictions”) the first part has a feeli [...]

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    6. Almost weekly I read SmokeLong Quarterly with massive admiration and literary lust. When I applied for this literary magazine's Kathy Fish Fellowship last year for this year's (2016) fellowship, I was pleased as punch to get to the second round of selections (top 78 writers out of 300 flash fiction writers -- I'll take it!). So, this summer, before I applied again for the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship in September 2016 I made it my J-O-B to read lots of Lydia Davis and Kathy Fish to conjure their w [...]

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    7. This book is a gem. No, that's clichéd though it's true. The book is harder, sharper, stronger; it's a weapon to help you tame the beasts that Kathy Fish has unleashed on the page. Many of these beasts aren't animals at all, they're human and that is what Fish does so very well: humanity. My favorite stories are near the end - Spin, The Bed and Tenderoni — they're about the struggle to get close to one another. "Wild Life" in Kathy Fish's magical world of very short stories is a very large w [...]

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    8. "Kathy Fish’s previous collection sat amidst the other also stellar words in Rose Metal’s A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women, and her words there made me eager for her words elsewhere. Luckily, through the new editorial hands of Matter Press, run by the esteemed author Randall Brown, we have this new book to fill our need: Wild Life, a collection of undomesticated flash fictions." Read the full review + interview at Monkeybicycle: monkeybi [...]

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    9. Clear, cutting prose from a deft, honest writer. I'm not, in general, a fan of flash fiction, but these stories were incisive and insightful. I found myself taking a break after most of the stories to digest each one, so a book I could have read in a day actually took me a week. Her name is Kathy Fish, but from now on I'll be referring to her as Grandmaster Flash.

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    10. Kathy Fish's collection Wild Life is divided into halves: first a set of stories gathered under the heading “Wild,” and a second under “Life.” In a surprise to no one familiar with my reading habits/obsessions, I preferred “Wild” to “Life,” which based on a number of other reviews on puts me in the minority. The earlier stories are often set in the outdoors, and involve wild places and creatures, but more than that there’s a wildness to the stories themselves. They’re moment [...]

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    11. Kathy Fish's sentences entered my brain and pressed repeat, making me read them over and over again. I could make one of these very short stories last longer than a chapter in most novels because her words put me somewhere and made me want to look around, wonder how her characters came to be in that moment, consider the thoughts behind their words and actions and where their paths may lead from the last I learn of them.My favorite story was “The People Here Are So Hardy and Cheerful.” To me, [...]

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    12. This is a collection of flash fiction, divided into two parts. For a reason that I am not yet able to name, I connected with the pieces in the second half most deeply. As I progressed through the book, I was thinking that the pieces in the first half of the book were shorter, more like scenes, more like what I consider prose poems, and that the pieces in the second half were longer, not just scenes, scenes involving characters, more like flash fiction. But then on my second read through the book [...]

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    13. A beautiful gem. I enjoyed every single page. I enjoyed it so much I started it over again. It is dog-eared and already being carried everywhere I go. I feel as though I must read it again and again.

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    14. That's me talking up in the book description (thanks, Kathy and Randall), so I'll just add here that this book is straight up great.

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    15. I think it's brilliant. If you haven't read contemporary flash fiction by a master, then this is it.Poetry in prose. Yikes she's good.

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    16. Liked especially "The Cartoonist", "Friday Afternoon, Her Father's Music Shop", "Faulty Keys and Latches" (for "He dreams of doors hanging off their hinges like dislocated arms. Of warped wooden doors that stick. Of faulty keys and latches."), "Warrior", "Petunias", "Cancer Arm", "Bread", "Hooligans", "Spin", and "Disassembly". Going to re-read parts out loud as per Kevin's suggestion.

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    17. These beautiful fictions, lush and yet the briefest of the brief, are all at best frequently returnable and at worst redeemable to the cost which I paid. Translation: I really liked it a lot and will read it again and again.

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    18. Loved the combination between the wild and life. The first flash already had me hooked, and the rest stood up to it. The last one, again, astounded me.

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    19. I had read a number of these wonderful stories before. I believe on Fictionaut. I love having them all in one collection. And it did what I was hoping it would do: inspire me to write.

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    20. Another beautiful book by Kathy Fish. Filled with her wonderful characters and beautiful prose. Can't get enough!

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    21. Eventually I hope to give this chapbook a proper review on my blog, but in the meantime, I want to say I enjoyed it and the way it was divided between "wild" and "life." Several of these pieces have been previously published. I had come across "The Bed" and while it wasn't a favorite of mine, the language was compelling enough for me to remember the author's name. "Sweep," "Paper Boy," "Spaceman," "Cancer Arm," and "Disassembly" would be my top choices in this collection.

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