Poetry and prose collide in this intriguing collection of personal stories on topics of February’s favorite four-letter emotion. From the same folks who compiled the New York Time‘s bestseller Not Quite What What I Was Planning, comes Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure.
Brevity is the soul of wit, as Shakespeare would say, and these stories confirm it. Most being shorter than a haiku, these six-word tales manage to say so much in so very little. They encompass a range a topics from young love to marriage to cheating to divorce. Some stories will seek a smile and yet others will end in tears, from either sadness or hilarity.
• “He still needs me at sixty-four.” —Armistead Maupin
• “Will government ever let us marry?” —Vicki Marsh
• “She left all her things behind.” —Craig Fishburn
• “If I get chlamydia, blame Myspace.” —Hanorah Slocum
Even for those who normally dislike poetry, if you can appreciate a good quote, you can appreciate these memoirs. They are stories perfect for those with a short attention span. Poignant and thought-provoking, these clever tales of half a dozen words each can inspire you to pick your brain and write your own.
SMITH magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak comes just in time for Valentine’s Day. You can find it on Amazon.com or pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Noble.