Twenty20 Journal Magical Realism Summer 2012
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Editorial: Welcome to the Magical Realism issue of Twenty20. This issue has unfortunately been delayed due to a changeover in editorship at Twenty20. Therefore, I have put together this special formatted release so that all the poets included within do not miss out on the opportunity to see their work published and reach a wider audience it rightly commands and deserves. To write a poem or short story in twenty words or less is, perversely given the brevity considered, an immense challenge. I feel each of the ten writers has answered this call superbly, and responded well to the theme. I hope you enjoy them: small words but big meanings. Regards, Colin Dardis, guest editor.
"Illusion" by Shiriam Sivaramakrishnan
From the yellow horizon fell, a speck: becoming a plane.
"We finally meet" by Terry Easley
A scratch at the door, like a cloth polishing wood. "Hello," she said. "I'm the voice in your head.â€?
"Escape Route" by Eleanor Hooker
Dad set twelve ladders in the barren crusted earth. For his children. Our darkest ravens sky locked each top rung.
"Floss" by Sarah Marshall
I live with a ghost who leaves messages for me on the bathroom mirror. Get out, usually, but sometimes, floss.
"Offering" by Matthew Brennan
On her sixteenth birthday, the villagers left the king's firstborn outside the monster's cave, then returned home, watching their crops.
"Bus Fare" by Katherine Ewell
The panhandling angel asked me for change; "Heaven's far away," he said, "and I need enough for a bus fare."
â€œStarsâ€? by Doug Hoekstra
We hiked to the highest peak in the park so she could put names to stars that no longer exist.
â€œTheatreâ€? by James Patterson
Disaster struck the small seaside town of Sardodledom with a precision unmatched since the author last decided to inflict it.
“Dream” by James Meredith
I lay down beside my lover. A dream rose from her lips. I slept alone.
â€œFeathersâ€? by Brendan McCormack
My father killed all the birds one day. We stopped playing, covered our feathers and learnt to speak.