TIFERET: Fostering Peace Through Literature and Art couldn’t fit my flash memoir into their latest edition (ironic, I know!), so they asked me to post it to their community blog. A little bit #metoo, a little bit Big Apple, and definitely pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone.
For one thing, flash is a new genre to me. Inspired by Earnest Hemingway’s apocryphal 6-word story (“Baby shoes for sale, never used”), sometimes also known as “short-shorts,” flash fiction is story-telling for the micro-blogging age. Tell a complete story in 1,000 words or less, in 500 words or less, in 100 words or less….
While a “tiff” is defined as a “petty argument”, a “Tif” is anything but petty—it is a short exploration of a deeply meaningful subject.
A Tiferet Tif is an important, true story in 200 words or less. When they called for submissions on the theme of “body,” this little Tif poured out of me. For me, the #metoo and #timesup movements rest on a foundation of consent and trauma, and the body that is central and essential to how we travel through the world, physically, psychologically and spiritually.
So, hop on over to the Tiferet community and check out “a mediocre white man.”