The Not of What She Didn’t Know: I Don’t Know

by alessandranakhleh

Meredith Quartermain is a Vancouver-based poet who focuses on our planet, urban life, and it’s relationship to history.  Having taught contemporary literature and writing at the University of British Columbia and Capilano University, Quartermain has still found the time to create and be an editor of “The News”, a west coast literary website. Quartermain and her husband run Nomandos Literary Publishers, centered in Vancouver.  The group of micro fictions and prose poems written by Quartermain published in The Capilano Review 3.12 embodies all characteristics of well written flash fiction.  The short stories, collectively titled “The Not of What She Didn’t Know” come from Quartermain’s “Recipes From The Red Planet”, a book of mind jolting short stories.  Since her writings are completed roughly around 100 words, readers are immediately intrigued to dive in and provide their full attention.  All exerts from “Recipes From The Red Planet” are written by Quartermain to have comparable themes, and be able to flow together by sharing many similar traits.  Although every micro fiction is short, each piece is still able to represent a full story from beginning to end, allowing readers to bond with the characters.  Quartermain puts her readers in a position from the outside, as if they are listening in on a nearby conversation or watching a television show.  In micro fictions titled “L’amante l’anglaise” and “A Disagreement Over Lunch”, Quartermain allows her readers to feel as if they are eavesdropping on conversations between characters.  While in “My Agency” it is as though the reader is given a continuous stream of the thoughts taking place in the main character’s mind.  The simplicity of Quartermain’s writing in some cases may have a confusing effect on her audience, by then forcing the reader to further contemplate and digest the ideas initially intended to be portrayed by the author.  If Quartermain’s purpose of these short stories is to entice readers with an interesting open subject, then to leave them thinking – she has done a marvelous job.  The font and spacing in which Quartermain’s flash fiction is printed is easy on the eyes for readers and will attract all audiences.

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One Comment to “The Not of What She Didn’t Know: I Don’t Know”

  1. “If Quartermain’s purpose of these short stories is to entice readers with an interesting open subject, then to leave them thinking – she has done a marvelous job.” Good observation, hadn’t thought of the Quartermain’s collection like that, I agree that if that was her intent that she was very successful. Also the background you provided on Quartermain to support her writing was effective.

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