TinyLetter of the Month: Teri Vlassopoulos, “Small Things, Part II”
“I consider the letters to be exercises in flexing stolen-moment writing muscles.”
This is the first in a new Catapult Community series, Each month we’ll feature a new TinyLetter writer, chat with them about their newsletter, and republish one of their recent issues. (Feel free to recommend your favorite newsletters to us in the comments!)
Teri Vlassopoulos (newsletter: Bibliographic) has published two books, most recently a novel, Escape Plans(Invisible Publishing, 2015). Her nonfiction has appeared on The Toast, The Millions, The Rumpus, and Bookslut. She lives in Toronto.
My daughter –as if I owned her –the girl with the hair wispy as a frayed bellpull
has been to the barber, that knife grinder, and had the edge of her hair sharpened.
Each strand now cuts both ways. The blade of new bangs hangs over her red-brown eyes like carbon steel
All the little spliced ropes are sliced. The curtain of dark paper-cuts veils the face that started from next to nothing in my body-
My body. My daughter. I’ll have to find another word. In the bright helmet she looks at me across a great distance. Distant fires can be
glimpsed in the resin light of her eyes:
the watch fires of an enemy, a while before the war starts.
Teri Vlassopoulos is the author of the novel, Escape Plans (Invisible Publishing) and a collection of short stories, Bats or Swallows (Invisible Publishing) . Her non-fiction has appeared in Catapult, The Toast, The Rumpus, The Millions and Bookslut. She lives in Toronto.