Issue #77

Winter 2021

From Fiction Fiction

by Richard Kostelanetz

 

I shall continue to walk across the bridge that I'm building, until it is complete.

 

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Especially skilled are letter carriers at delivering mail that hasn't been sent.

 

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For swimming I prefer pools devoid of water.

 

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While we will build a new schoolhouse wholly from the materials of the old schoolhouse, we will continue to use the old schoolhouse until the new schoolhouse is built.

 

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We are climbing a hill that's sinking beneath our feet.

 

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For your appointment with death, always bring a lawyer.

 

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Doing nothing forever.

 

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Discovering the hereafter and reporting back.

 

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So determined was he to make fun of his extravagant experience, he wrote about himself not just in the third person but the fourth, fifth, and sometimes the sixth.

 

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When visiting a carousel in an amusement park, the more sophisticated kids bet on horses.

 

Author Bio

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Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz appear in Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, A Reader's Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, the Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Webster's Dictionary of American Authors, and Encyclopedia Britannica, among other selective directories. His "Openings/Complete (Shorter) Stories" appeared in Issue 12 of The Cafe Irreal and "Openings" appeared in Issue 36. These short pieces are from Fiction Fiction, published by Archae Editions in 2020.