Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

Flash Fiction

Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

Flash Fiction

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[Editor's Note: "The Poetics of Sociology" is the first of seven stories by Joseph Sciorra included in this issue. Read other stories, located through the issue, and similarly boxed.]

I offer here stories written in the genre that some call flash fiction, micro stories, or prose poems. This category of literature is defined by its brevity, not its subject matter, although the parameters of the word count are arbitrary. The Internet has spurred the growth of flash fiction with the emergence of numerous online journals. I have selected my stories with the folklore community in mind.

--Joseph Sciorra

The Poetics of Sociology

There are days in the course of my morning commute that New York City presents itself through organized clusters of social groups: a Tuesday of chubby, brown-skinned girls with exposed bellies; "undercover" cops all sporting Yankees gear; a day filled with tall, skinny gay fashionista hipsters; stunning women in vintage clothing and heels eating lunch in the park. Today, in a single car of the F train, three discontented couples. An individual turns away spurning a lover, and in succession another and then another, choreographed like cascading dominoes. …

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