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Duck

United States

an automaton put back together wrong

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Duck (United States) published:

my father's wristwatch, and other things stuck at the bottom of the river

PROMPT: Twenty-Six Sentences

Anyway, it wasn't as if it were a very good wristwatch. But my father loved it all the same, and I don't think he ever forgave me for throwing it in the river. Certainly he came to laugh about it later, but people laugh about all sorts of things. Death. Earthquakes. Fire. Gnats. Ha, he would say, ha ha, remember when you threw my watch into the river, but inside he was screaming. I could tell. Just by looking at...

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almost 2 years ago

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Duck (United States) published:

but you can roast zucchini

PROMPT: Pantoum

You cannot kill a ghost,
They said, as they chopped zucchini
Into tiny pieces to be roasted
Over the bright orange fire.

They said, as they chopped zucchini,
The dead never really die, just falter.
Over the bright orange fire
The moon hung in the sky like my father.

The dead never really die, just falter.
Ghosts are failures we can never get rid of.
The moon hung in the sky like my father;
I want to tell him I...

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almost 2 years ago

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Duck (United States) published:

Ouroboros [Excerpt]

PROMPT: Novel Writing Competition 2015

Amirah squinted in the early morning sunlight. Tariq basked in it, lifting his head towards the horizon to squeeze the most out of the dawn.

"Come on," said Fidda, locking the door to her house where she'd hid them the night before. "We'd best move quickly. Hikmat said the soldiers might return to the site of the shooting."

They set out, sandals pounding up tiny clouds of dust from the road. The sky was less of a dull orange than...

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over 2 years ago

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Duck (United States) published:

Road Trip (With No GPS and Two Dead Gods)

PROMPT: Poetry

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Neon signs flashing
on the side of the road, they say
we will never know home again;
you are holding your map
upside down.

ii.
I used to work at Whole Foods. One time
someone put their god
on the cash register conveyor belt.
I slipped Him into a paper bag. I didn't
make the customer pay. Not for Him.
He had already expired.

iii.
Open the bag and
laugh.
Open your mouth wide and
swallow your god whole, ...

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almost 3 years ago

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almost 3 years ago

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Duck (United States) reviewed:

Backspace

PROMPT: Poetry

It can be hard to write about writing without sounding too self-conscious or pretentious, but you've done it and you've done it well. You said you don't know what's considered good poetry. Here's your answer: this poem. I mean it....

almost 3 years ago

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about 3 years ago

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Duck (United States) reviewed:

Cross

PROMPT: Fantasy Writing Competition 2015

I really liked this piece -- it's a very original concept, beautifully written without feeling as if you're trying too hard to make it beautiful (which is very hard to do!), and every bit of new information you provide as...

about 3 years ago

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about 3 years ago

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Duck (United States) published:

abort, retry, fail?

PROMPT: Fantasy Writing Competition 2015

The problem with angels, of course, is that they've always got to be right about everything. This is why a group of angels is properly referred to as an 'unending debate'.

And the problem with guardian angels, of course, is that you can't trust the little buggers farther than you can throw them.

Thus TJ, Angel of Egg Whisks, was not particularly pleased to learn that his next mission would involve removing a guardian angel from its post.

But Angels...

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about 3 years ago