Kathy Fish’s flash The Photograph is near and dear to my heart as not only do I love the woman and her work, but I was also the editor who accepted this brilliant micro for publicaiton. And now Joe Young has done a beautiful job of writing about this flash and flash fiction in general–Poetics of Flash: An Analysis of Kathy Fish’s ” The Photograph”:
The writer of flash fiction is thus in a unique position to make of her story something more, to set her narrative to purposes other than, or rather we should say in addition to, the unfolding of events. Kathy Fish has provided an excellent example of how this can be done. Her at once engaging drama is also a transparency through which we see the mysteries of time and space, a poem of subtle idea and complex emotion, a whirring train crashing through a snowy night.