“The War from Poolside” / Memorable Fancies #1819

[“like a war viewed from poolside” – Michael Palmer] We sat by the pool, calmly watching the far-away war on a small TV propped up on a chair. Reporters were breathlessly brave but ducked when a shell hit near them, when the news image shook. And then we heard the sirens of dread, our own news. Our TV shook, fell off its chair hissing dead into the water And all the images drowned. >  [Click Random Post above – re-astonish yourself] … [Read more...]

“That Final Secret” / Memorable Fancies #1675

I’ve got to tell you the secret now – because they’re on to me, and the world must know! By tomorrow – maybe even today – they’ll have captured me and uploaded me to an undisclosed location in the Cloud, or just deleted me outright. Even by telling you this, I’ve put your existence in danger, but you must be told that the world we know - ended in 1961. Bay of Pigs leading to nuclear war with the Soviet Union? No – you probably don’t remember learning about that. But that’s when our world … [Read more...]

“Tonight’s War” / Memorable Fancies #1564

[“Thank God there was no war tonight.” – Marilyn Chin] Some nights there are street-battles near enough to keep me awake. They’re so loud I open the window and yell out to both sides, hey can’t you keep it down a little out there? People are sleeping! They answer, no, people are dying. Sleep on. [Book ad: What if you could sell your memories for cash? Who would buy them? And ... why? Buy See/Saw at amazon.com/author/terencekuch] … [Read more...]

“The First Statue” / Memorable Fancies #553

“What is it? Did something bad happen to Boleslav the Bold that turned him to stone?” “No, Boleslav is still our king.” “But what is this – object?” “I call it a ‘statue,’" said the man with rock-dust in his hair, “a thing like a man, that we at home may remember him as he swords his way through the provinces.” “And these banners, flags, …?” “For the ceremony,” said the sculptor, “for the dedication of our new ‘statue.’” “That will prove a great occasion, for sure!” “Yes, … [Read more...]

“The Stones – I” / Memorable Fancies #1509

[“...the forgotten stones...” – Thomas Bernhard] This one is round. I’m hefting it now. Yes, it fits well in my fist. Very well. It seems to want to be thrown, as it might have been thrown long before, by some forgotten other. Yes, it seems to say, throw me!, but not now – not now – no one is near enough. Wait. … [Read more...]

“The Last Missile” / Memorable Fancies #1331

The last missile looks for someone to kill But there is no one <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: See/Saw. In this novel from Ink Smith Publishing, you can sell your memories for cash. And regret it. … [Read more...]

“Dogtags” / Memorable Fancies #1297

     Europe, 1944: Dogtags have a special use. In war, if you find a comrade dead on the battlefield, you are supposed to pull one of them off his bead-chain and force it between two of his teeth, hard. In this way, despite vicissitudes of war and weather and time, the skull, at least, will always be identifiable as John Smith, or Bill Jones, or someone else, even as the rest of the body becomes a nothing, an anonymous not-me. My personal project, however, has been to collect dogtags from … [Read more...]