Tit for Tat, Too
In David Adès’ “Hammer of Uncertainty”:
- What tone does the reference to “the certainty of death and taxes” establish?
- The poem quotes almost verbatim a line from a hymn. What is it?
- What localities are referred to? What is the affect of each?
- What is, exactly, the “hammer of uncertainty”?
In LaVerne Zocco’s “Sounds Before Night”:
- Is the account a story or a vignette?
- Why does it not overstep Bewildering Stories’ restriction on plots that end with the narrator’s death?
In Chris Hugh’s “The Dragon With the Girl Tattoo”:
- Is the “story” a story or a dramatized critique?
- To those who have read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Is the parody’s implied critique fair?
- To those who have not read the novel: What questions might the parody raise about what else the novel might contain?
In B. Z. Niditch’s “Alex and Friends”:
- What kind of memoir is the account?
- Who is Sasha?
- Bonus Challenge: write a fictional story based on the characters in “Alex and Friends.”
In Ron Van Sweringen’s “Flotation Jones”:
- Bucknell gives Tucker $500 to buy whisky. What kind of money was that in 1936? When did Prohibition end?
- What might Tucker be tempted to do with the money?
- How many mysteries have accumulated in the story so far?
In A. J. Vasquez’ “The Soul’s Last Dance”:
- Is Verona a werewolf?
- What is the moral of the story?
In David Barber’s “Humans”:
- What is the tone of the poem? Is it parody or satire?
- What point of view does the narrative take?
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