At Poets United, the first Sunday of every month is for prose: short stories (fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir bits), essays… delicious prose. No poetry, at Poets United, on the 1st Sunday of every month.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic day. Since my 42nd birthday was just 2 days ago, I want to be greedy and give myself the gift of writing and reading my favorite genre: Magical Realism, “a literary genre or style […] that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction”. Or, as Matthew Strecher might have put it, I wish to delight in short stories and essays where “a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to [be] believe[d without a whole lot of eyebrow raising and wild blinking].”
One of the most important aspects of magical realism (in my mind, at least) is that the characters aren’t surprised by what happens to them, the strange happenings are perfectly natural in their minds.
Here is an example of magical realism, from One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez:
“He went from house to house dragging two metal ingots and everybody was amazed to see pots, pans, tongs, and braziers tumble down from their places and beams creak from the desperation of nails and screws trying to emerge, and even objects that had been lost for a long time appeared from where they had been searched for most and went dragging along in turbulent confusion behind Melquiades’ magical irons.”
And a second example, from First Frost, by Sarah Addison Allen:
“The apple tree in the background, just barely visible, was stretching a single limb out to her, as if wanting to be in the photo with her.”
For today’s prompt: in 313 words or fewer, write a new short story or essay (fiction or nonfiction), using magical realism as your genre.
If you wish, you can take one of your old poems and turn it into a short story or essay (of 313 words or fewer), which includes magical realist elements. *
This prompt will remain open until Tuesday night. Links to entries not written in prose will be deleted. Only one story per participant, please. Visit other storytellers. Let magic kiss realist ink and tell.😉
the wee notes…
* If you missed Sherry’s “Blog of the Week”, you should go back and take a look-see. She had a chat with Carrie, and it was pure yum. On “The Living Dead”, Rosemary honored our poetic ancestors. You don’t want to miss that either. This coming Wednesday, Sumana’s prompt for the Midweek Motif will be: Temptation
- Last month, I said that you’d be able to take one of your poems and turn it into a short story using a topic of your choosing. This created confusion, so I’m taking it back. From now on, all contributions will follow the new prompt. But you can still choose to develop one of your poems into a story (if it includes the new prompt).
- This is only our 2nd prompt. We are still evolving. Feel free to make suggestions.
illustration, from One Hundred Years of Solitude