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Monday, November 18, 2019

Reader's Diary #2102- Tania Hershman: Missing My Liar


I'm not sure if it says more about poetry or more about me that I expect and tolerate cryptically written poems more than cryptically written short stories. Tania Hershman's flash fiction "Missing My Liar" is, in the sense that I didn't get it, cryptic.

At first I thought the narrator's "liar" was another person, someone she expected to lie to her. Now I believe her liar to mean her ability to lie to herself. This, I believe, comes after a tragic event which has affected her thinking. But it's rather unclear.

As a poem, I suppose it's fine, but it's presented as a short story so...

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