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Six-Word Sensations Speak To the Heart

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.

A sampler:

• “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 or pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Noble.