The Sky is a Well and Other Shorts
Lyric and gritty, glowing and graceful, The Sky Is a Well and Other Shorts is a complex and compact collection from Claudia Smith, funny-sad master of the short short form. Evocative...more
I love this chapbook of short, short stories almost as much as i love its author. Also, it was beautifully letter pressed by Rose Metal Press in Mass ...more
Smith's work is spare and elegant in its simplicity. Each short-short, by saying as little as possible, expresses volumes more. The first three sentences of the short "Mermaid" is an example of Smith's terse, shot-in-the-arm pros ...more
A great collection of stories, told with lyrical voice, that happen to be short. Claudia writes for a good reader, not just for a writer. Many times, flash, short shorts, feel gimmicky, lacking of feeling, written for a writer. Not true here. Every story has such detail, such careful character development, you feel dropped into a world for only a few moments. I think Claudia may prove that flash or short shorts can indeed be collected and sold to the mass markets.
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Her second collection of short-shorts, Put Your Head In My Lap, was published in fall 2009 by Futu ...more