L. P. Melling currently writes from the East of England, UK, with his work appearing in such places as Typehouse, The Molotov Cocktail, and Frozen Wavelets. Hema Nataraju is a Singapore-based writer and mom of two. C. T. Salazar is a Latinx poet and librarian from Mississippi.
Welcome to Micro, a podcast for short but powerful writing. I’m your host, Drew Hawkins.
Calculus tests, confetti, and buckshot. In this episode, tradition is upheld and subverted in a blend of poetry and microfiction, exploring rituals, expectations, and love.
In this first piece, small acts of care, unnoticed by the rest of the world, and the value of careful work are rendered beautifully following the life of one person. It’s called “The Caretaker’s Confession”. It was written by L.P. Melling and published by Milk Candy Review on March 18, 2021. Enjoy.
“The Caretaker’s Confession” by L.P. Melling in Milk Candy Review
L. P. Melling currently writes from the East of England, UK, with work appearing in such places as Typehouse, The Molotov Cocktail, and Frozen Wavelets. You can find him on Twitter at @l_lpmelling, or on his website at lpmelling.wordpress.com
Up next, this microfiction showcases the power of voice, beginning with a dream and ending somewhere adjacent. It’s called “Rotting Mangoes”. It was written by Hema Nataraju and published by Wigleaf in March 2021. Enjoy.
“Rotting Mangoes” by Hema Nataraju in Wigleaf
Hema Nataraju is a Singapore-based writer and mom of two. Her work has appeared in print anthologies and online literary magazines including Wigleaf, Atlas & Alice, Nurture Literary, Sunlight Press, Bath Flash Fiction, and Best Microfiction. She tweets about her writing and parenting adventures as @m_ixedbag.
Our final piece is a sonnet, blending the contemporary and traditional, inheritance and interpretation. It’s called “American Cavewall Sonnet”. It was written by C.T. Salazar and published in The Rumpus as part of a four-poem series. If you have time, check out the others! Enjoy.
“American Cavewall Sonnet” by C.T. Salazar in The Rumpus
C. T. Salazar is a Latinx poet and librarian from Mississippi. You can find him on Twitter at @CTsalazar_, on Instagram at @dogpawsarebestpaws, or on his website at ctsalazarpoet.wordpress.com.
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