FragLit: Passerby by Scott Allen cc: @OliviaDresher

FragLit: Passerby by Scott Allen

Fragmentary Literature

From the Archives of FragLit
An international online magazine of fragmentary writing
Reposted at GANG with permission from @OliviaDresher

Olivia Dresher




by Scott Allen

FragLit Fall 2010: Issue Seven


I live.

I die.
I am.

Anger doesn’t help.
Neither does complacency.

Sleep and rise.

Sleep and rise.

My cats and I.
We don’t care.

Love—it’s just another body with some special features.

You are not unique.
Everyone is.

The denial of death is still death.

It got dark.

Life is coming.

“Write it, Scott,” she said.

I missed.

Variety is our destination.

I’m still young.

It often takes a long time for the words to come to light.

The dream is over.
Now begins the moment.

I saw a young, teenage girl eating a banana chip.
She has a long way to go.

Artists only want to do what they do.
And this is what they teach us.
To do what we want.

The truth is elongated.

I closed my eyes the whole way.

I thought all the old man did was spit and cough, but he also smiled.

Life is going to the dentist.

My cat pointed the way.



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About FragLit

FragLit was founded in 2007 by Olivia Dresher; it was published online twice a year (Spring and Fall) and each issue included writings on a specific theme. Work by both new and established writers was featured, as well as pieces written by regular contributors.

FragLit published a variety of fragmentary forms, including excerpts from journals, diaries and notebooks; vignettes; aphorisms; micro essays and notes; excerpts from letters; and various nontraditional short forms.

“We learn in school that literature has a hierarchy: poem, play, novel, essay. All else—diary, journal, aphorism, letters—are secondary, jottings, ephemera. Reading tells us a different story. The engaging and memorable are found everywhere. In books like In Pieces we are ‘49ers panning for gold and finding nuggets.”

— William Corbett

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