Summer Sonics

She listened with one eye closed. I devoured with one nostril open.

She minueted around the flat, flattening F and sharping E.

I felt my drowsy way through an epidermal ellipsis, while sharpening porous pencils pleasing no-one.

She was bicuspid, pigeoning parkways and bifurcating bicycles.

Ramrod that I am, yammered endlessly, “where’s the remote?”

August cool, undoing, notorious for the misanthrope.

Robert Vaughan teaches workshops in hybrid writing, poetry, fiction, playwriting at locations like The Clearing, Synergia Ranch, Mabel Dodge Luhan House. He leads roundtables in Milwaukee, WI. He was a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award for Fiction (2013, 2014). His flash fiction, ‘A Box’ was selected for Best Small Fictions 2016 and his flash“SixGlimpses of the Uncouth” was chosen for Best Small Fictions 2019 (Queen’s Ferry Press).  His work has appeared in Hobart, Ghost Parachute, Big Other, Smokelong Quarterly, and elsewhere. His plays have appeared Off-Broadway, in L.A., S.F., and Milwaukee. He is the Editor-in-Chief at Bending Genres, LLC.

Vaughan is the author of five books: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (CCM), RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press) and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press). His blog:

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