A Very Short Story (Undress)

She was shy to undress in front of the full moon.

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Every Chicken, Cow, Fish, and Frog: Animal rights haiku anthology

Hi, everyone,

I’d like to tell you about a new haiku anthology, all on the theme of animal rights. It’s called Every Chicken, Cow, Fish and Frog: Animal Rights Haiku, edited by Robert Epstein and Miriam Wald.

Here are the opening sentences of the description.

All life is precious; thus proclaimed Albert Schweitzer, the 20th century humanitarian. Yet, humans around the globe continue to daily mistreat and murder countless numbers of animals, fish, fowl and insects with reckless abandon. This must come to an end. Collectively, the contributors in this anthology, from Croatia to Indonesia, speak out poetically and passionately on behalf of ending nonhuman suffering.

This collection contains dozens of haiku, including many from well-known and widely-published writers of haiku in English. I have two poems in it as well. I’m excited about this new book, both as a strongly-argued call for social change and as an insightful work of poetry. I encourage you to give it a try.

Charlie

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A Very Short Story (Knees)

She read a book. He studied her bare knees.

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A Very Short Story (Underestimate)

“And the next thing you know, you’re just looking into their eyes. Cows are very easy to underestimate, Mr. Wilcox.”

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A Very Short Story (WILL)

WINNING A LOCKER SLAMMING CONTEST IS A MATTER OF WILL.

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A Very Short Story (Friends)

Michael saw his old college friends often. Amber, for one, worked in a nearby building and bought a latte from him every morning.

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A Very Short Story (Moors)

Emily looked out the window and imagined the moors were brimming with men in shirts and boots searching for a girl like her.

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A Very Short Story (Horse)

“I want a woman who can shoot from the back of a horse by day and please a man at night.” He perused Cynthia. “Maybe you’ll do.”

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New book: Boys Don’t Understand Lipstick

I’m happy to announce the publication of my new book, Boys Don’t Understand Lipstick: Very Short Stories. It was a lot of fun to write and I hope you have as much fun reading it.

Charlie Close’s new collection of very short stories is a sexy, sassy, silly romp through the worlds of love and work, childhood and family, wanting, losing, and getting.

It’s also a meditation on the human condition, explored through an artistic form akin to haiku that prizes brevity and mystery.

Yeah! But mostly it’s got boys and girls and men and women chasing each other around – bashing and crashing, honking and wheezing, crying and singing as they go.

The stories burst in your brain as they fly by. Read them quickly one by one…or slow down and look closely. Spend a little time with stories that can catch hold of something in your own life.

Boys Don't Understand Lipstick

Available now on Amazon.

 

 

 

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A Very Short Stories (Letter)

When Daddy died I wrote letters to all his old friends. But I didn’t send them. Maybe someone will read them, someday, after I’m gone.

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