Shit To Do with a Wedding Dress
by Angela Readman
1. Take pictures (irreverent is best.) Free it to be a bath towel, scratch the odd ball. Drop it on a wet floor. You will bring this dress to its knees.
art by Sam Myers
2. White's a problem, makes you blind. Think kitchens: duster, tablecloth, the lace cuff is a doily under your can. Watch the dog circle and lie. Open another beer. Sit by the dog.
3. Take it out. Now. Feel the weight of white in your arms. It's windy, carry the dress to the garage like bearing the burden of a woman too drunk to dance. Toss it on the Harley, rub the leather seat till it shines. Remember no woman's behind.
4. Did you take it far enough? Tonight its back. Kick it. Don't apologise.
5. The skirt fits the birdcage. Everyday you expect dead pets, morning trills when you lift the net.
6. Use it. Tie up the ends, string it between trees. The dress is a hammock. You think you're too heavy, imagine getting cozy then hearing silk split, push you out to the floor like a still born.
7. Make a scarecrow. Try different Halloween masks. Darth Vader. Yoda. Cher. Notice the dress suits all and none. Look out the window, see its face lift in the wind.
8. Bring it in. Don't know why. The fabric's grey, brocaded with piss, beaded by rain. Pigeons have pinned broaches to its breast. Give the dress room to dry out on its back. Starch it. Firm. Leave your beer and crawl under the skirt. It's an igloo, a man could live here.
9. It tells many jokes. Laugh.
10. Tell your friends what you did, but not how long you stayed in the igloo. Everything pales from the inside. You close your eyes, sleep under snow deeper than it's been for a while.
Read the interview.
Angela Readman has won The National Flash Fiction Day Comeptition. Her little stories have appeared in Pank, Metazen, Burner and The Pygmy Giant.
Sam Myers grew up in Florida, was born in Virginia, and she's currently living in the U.S. of A. Sam is an eccentric packrat attempting to save the world by recycling, reducing, and reusing. She likes to use alternative canvasses, recycled items, and massive amounts of imagination. Her works range from jewelry, painting, clothing, and so forth. Whatever her mind can create!
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Issue Thirty-Eight (December 17, 2012):
Call Me Your Unbroken by Chuck Augello «»
Slow Dance by Andrea Danowski «»
Moms' Advice by Amy Denham «»
Crushed Ice by Gary Fincke «»
Second Runner-Up by Faith Gardner «»
The Fear of Something Happening by Nick Harmon «»
Christopher by Annie Hartnett «»
Messing with Texas by Anderson Holderness «»
Exercise in Translation by Naira Kuzmich «»
Boy Cyclops by Helen McClory «»
We Were Always Laughing by Mark O'Neil «»
The Speed of the Sound by Patty Petelin «»
The Earth Drowns Us by Brenda Peynado «»
Shit To Do with a Wedding Dress by Angela Readman «»
The Invitation by Amy Scharmann «»
The Abridged Biography of an American Sniper by Linda Simoni-Wastila «»
Dark Times by Matthew Smart «»
Parameters of a Kingdom by Laurie Saurborn Young «»
Chuck Augello «»
Andrea Danowski «»
Amy Denham «»
Gary Fincke «»
Faith Gardner «»
Nick Harmon «»
Annie Hartnett «»
Anderson Holderness «»
Naira Kuzmich «»
Helen McClory «»
Mark O'Neil «»
Patty Petelin «»
Brenda Peynado «»
Angela Readman «»
Amy Scharmann «»
Linda Simoni-Wastila «»
Matthew Smart «»
Laurie Saurborn Young «»
Cover Art by Josh George «»
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