Short Flights
Book Topics
Wordplay
Short-form-writing
Charles Simic
Stephen Dobyns
James Geary
Olivia Dresher
Yahia Lababidi
Poetry
Humorous
Philosophical
Clever
Compact Wisdom
Insight
Irony
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Short Flights : Thirty-Two Modern Writers Share Aphorisms of Insight, Inspiration, and Wit

Epitomizing Shakespeare's famous claim that "brevity is the soul of wit," SHORT FLIGHTS celebrates the aphorism as presented by thirty-two of this country's contemporary practitioners of the craft. These deceptively compact poems celebrate such epic themes as love, sex, life, death, religion, education, money, relationships, work, friendship, and politics. Contributors include prize-winning poets Charles Simic and Stephen Dobyns, such bestselling authors James Geary and David Shields, and experimental writers such as Olivia Dresher and Charles Bernstein. With thoughtful essays from each author that complement each poet's own work, SHORT FLIGHTS is sure to intrigue and delight lovers of poetry, literature, language, and wordplay.

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"Best American Poetry Blog" by Yahia Lababidi

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Book Topics
Wordplay
Short-form-writing
Charles Simic
Stephen Dobyns
James Geary
Olivia Dresher
Yahia Lababidi
Poetry
Humorous
Philosophical
Clever
Compact Wisdom
Insight
Irony

Reviews and Comments

  • "Editors Lough and Stein prove that good things come in small packages with this collection of modern aphorisms-short but sweet nuggets of wisdom, humor, insight, and clever turn of phrase... something for everyone in this proverbial box of chocolates."
    Sept. 25th
  • "Aphorism is thought going naked... It aims for transparency, and when it achieves that, as it does on every page of this wonderful collection, the result is arousing... surprise mingled with illumination... writing instructors will find the book especially useful in helping teach their students to write clearly and concisely"
    Colorado Poet Laureate
  • "And you thought an aphorism was just an aphorism? This thoroughly lively volume of contemporary aphorists (a no longer secret society) suggests otherwise."
    founding editor of "Hotel Amerika" and author, The Body of Brooklyn and Occasional Desire