11.21.2005

Don Ysidro

Originally published in Polyphony, this work by Bruce Holland Rogers won a World Fantasy Award in 2004. Evo Terra of the Dragon Page reads the hispanic voice pretty well.

But this isn't a story. Like his Stoker-winning "The Dead Boy at Your Window," originally published in the North American Review, there is no arc--a vignette about a dead person. Dead Boy's prose is closer to a prose poem than this present offering, but it's spare style is nice and seems to fit the vignette well. Don Ysidro has died, and his belongings and parts are given away and used to make new pots. The end. Still, it's a nice metaphor for the process of teaching writing.