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Natural Light by Anna Kander

Thank you for publishing “Natural Light,” Califragile!

The desire to be seen
transforms me.

Slide a mirror to me
under the door,
here in this dark room,
and I will find a way
to flash semaphores.

Previously published in Gnarled Oak.

Anna Kander is a writer in the Midwest. Her work has appeared in journals including Snapdragon, I Am Not a Silent Poet, and Social Justice.

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October 2017 is MONSTER MONTH! (prompts calendar for #51writers)

October is MONSTER MONTH at #51writers! Come for the monsters, stay for awesome writers you’ll meet…

via October 2017 is MONSTER MONTH! (prompts calendar for #51writers) — 51 Writers

New micro-flash + science: SPACE INVADERS

Over at Story Seed Vault, publisher Alex Massey challenges authors to craft speculative micro-fiction based on real science. She calls this story “Story Seed #59.”

I also call this one “Space Invaders.”

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They slipped their young into our cribs. If we refused to raise their babies, they destroyed ours. Generation upon generation, they preyed.

In a story that raises echoes of the fae, Anna Kander writes inspired by the brown-headed cowbirds, a type of bird called a brood parasite. Cowbirds fool robins into raising their young. If robin parents push cowbird eggs out of their nests, cowbird parents retaliate by breaking all of the robins’ eggs. Scientists believe cowbirds undergo an “anti-imprinting” process; the birds are born knowing a special call to find other cowbirds. // Alex Massey

//Anna Kander is a social worker in the Midwestern US. Her work is slated to appear in Breadcrumbs, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and beyond. Find her at annakander.com.//

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New micro-flash + science: THE SHARPEST KNIFE

Over at Story Seed Vault, publisher Alex Massey challenges authors to craft speculative micro-fiction based on real science. She calls this story “Story Seed #59.”

I also call this one “The Sharpest Knife.”

Story Seed Vault

When the military harnessed neuroscience, diplomats stopped killing with kindness. Now it hurts you to see me hurt—and I can make you die.

In the hunt for the cognitive mechanism behind empathy, the discovery of mirror neurons has lead cognitive neuroscientists like Marco Iacoboni to conclude that this is the neuron responsible for emotional motor control. However, this theory is not without controversy – scientists argue that it is not clear whether mirror neurons really form a distinct class of cells. Anna Kander takes this disputed theory and assumes if true, then relating to other people rewires our brains. For Kander, empathy is the sharpest knife. // Alex Massey

//Anna Kander is a social worker in the Midwestern US. Her work is slated to appear in Breadcrumbs, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and beyond. Find her at annakander.com.//

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New drabble: Tiny Tales (fairytale retellings in six-word stories)

For fans of micro-flash, this story is a challenge within a challenge. I wrote six-word stories–fairytale retellings–then wove them into a 100-word drabble.

Bonus: political satire!

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By Anna Kander

“Mom, tell a fairytale! Can you do it in six words?”

“Hmm—”

“Alice in Wonderland?”

“Well, it’s 2017 … The Mad Hatter gets himself elected.”

“You made it political!”

“I teach politics.”

“Aesop’s fable about hard work?”

“Grasshopper ran. Ant voted for him.”

“Come on. Try The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”

“‘Failing’ boy spreads fake news. Sad.”

“Mom!”

“Boy Who Cried Wolf: nobody tells that story anymore.”

“MOM!”

“Jack and the Beanstalk: Beanstalk? We’ve giants to kill—here.”

“I can’t even—”

“One more, sweet daughter: Kissed frogs. Lived joyfully. Beautiful tadpoles.”

“What do you call it?”

“Happily ever after.”

     
Anna Kander is a writer in the Midwest. Her tiny stories have appeared in Nanoism, tweetpulp, Story Seed Vault, TweetLit, and 121 Words.

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New Twitter fiction: fairy tales & pulp fiction

Thank you to Seven by Twenty for featuring my tweet-length stories this week! (Sep 25-29, 2017) They are the coolest. They published The Queen and Her ConsortAfter-School Special, and three reprints from tweetpulp and Nanoism.

Links for more Twitter fiction:
Nanoism
Seven by Twenty
tweetpulp

New poem: Growing Up

This week, I have a gritty, dark poem featured at Leveler.

Growing Up

What a disappointment
to realize the utter measure of men.

On the clocks of universes,
you towered for seconds.

Look down.
See your cartilage erode,

feel your discs flatten,
know your shrinking bones…

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Thank you to the editors of Leveler for publishing “Growing Up” side-by-side with their thoughtful take on the poem.

New poem: The Blue Whale (on perfectionism)

Happy morning! I’ve a new poem, The Blue Whale, about perfectionism. (A howler monkey also makes an appearance.)

The Blue Whale

my creative spirit
is a blue whale, I think

she swims in deep waters
but we breathe the same air

and, like other blue whales,
she has the loudest, strongest voice on earth…

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Thank you to Dear Damsels, a young women’s writing collective, for publishing the poem in a special issue on “nourishing ourselves.”

Thank you, WordPress friends and wanderers, for reading. 🙂

New poem: white lie (on racism & US politics)

At Poets Reading the News, I’ve published a poem about racism & US politics. Here’s an excerpt…

white lie

wave it like a white flag, surrendering

with handshakes and smiles
so civil

project upon it red and blue patriotism

stars like ordnance exploding
stripes like prison bars

(truth, held captive)

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