An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, & Other Short Prose Forms
Alan Ziegler (Editor)

Here are hundreds of pieces of no more than 1250 words, from twenty-four Western countries, written by nearly two hundred contributors, from the sixteenth century to the present. They run the gamut, from short-short stories, prose poems, and brief essays to pieces that stretch and defy genre, such as tableaus, apothegms, sketches, and tropisms. They are mysterious, humorous, delightful, shocking, magical, profound, highly entertaining, laced with emotion—and addictive.

“Essential reading for anyone interested in the short form.... The array of writers is unprecedented, and the pieces are fabulous, engaging, and, well, they’re short!”  
—Gary Shteyngart

Contributors include Michel de Montaigne, Joseph Joubert, Giacomo Leopardi, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Rimbaud, Gertrude Stein, Max Jacob, Robert Walser, Robert Musil, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, Daniil Kharms, Stanley Kunitz, Samuel Beckett, E. M. Cioran, Czesław Miłosz, Octavio Paz, Clarice Lispector, Zbigniew Herbert, Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, W. S. Merwin, Donald Barthelme, Tomas Tranströmer, Russell Edson, Charles Simic, Luisa Valenzuela, Margaret Atwood, Seamus Heaney, Ron Padgett, Diane Williams, Lydia Davis, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jamaica Kincaid, Anne Carson, Meena Alexander, Ana María Shua, Jean-Michel Maulpoix, Jayne Anne Phillips, Kimiko Hahn, Etgar Keret, Ben Marcus, Dave Eggers, Ben Lerner, Amelia Gray, and many more.

Paperback / $18.95 / ISBN 978-0-89255-432-4 / 354 pages / Anthology