Miramichi Flash ‘Showcase’: February 2021

Here is TMR’s latest flash fiction showcase at “Miramichi Flash” – Enjoy!


I move forward facing backward. Water drips from the oar tip. There are those of us for whom islands are exile. For others, they’re an oasis from humanity, where one can occupy one’s self in seclusion. “Sometimes you have to go dead to be alive again.” As she put it, sequestering on this little island in an old shack built by an artist.

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I was ten when I saw Mr. Wizard shoot down past our window from the sixth floor, that red checkered vest he always wore in a blur.  I gasped and pointed.  “Mr. Wizard…” I said, barely able to get the words out. 

My father was a few feet away talking to a guy in a black leather jacket about a hot TV the man was selling.  He said there was a truck outside filled with them.  They were going back and forth about the price.

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Maybe still in the recovery room, I hear my Nana say, it’s okay honey, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.

Later, not in the recovery room, I’m feeling formal, a little hungry. So Swoon and I decide to go out for a fancy oyster dinner. We celebrate our blues. I like to pay, but Swoon wants to pay too, so in the end, he pays for us both.

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James M. Fisher

James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. He began The Miramichi Reader (TMR) in 2015, not realizing that there was a real need for more book reviews of Canadian literature. It has since become Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases. James has been interviewed about TMR on CBC Radio as well as other media sites. James works and resides in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife Diane and their tabby cat Eddie.

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