Welcome to the Inaugural Issue of The Dribble Drabble Review; I am honored to be part of a new team contributing such a heartfelt effort to the enduring field of literature shorts or little-ature, as we endearingly call it.
Another term, metaphorically, for this endeavor might be dollhouse literature. Beyond the doll on this issue's cover, I've been thinking a lot lately about the historical, worldwide fascination with all things diminutive. We peer into the doors and windows of dollhouses and marvel at scaled-down reconstructions of our known world—all boiled down to their very essence.
The similarities are enough, such that these micro visuals or like-kinded writings influence our intellects, imaginations, and even visceral sensibilities.
Can a piece of prose, a poem, or a prose poem for that matter—achieve such distinctions in a mere 50 or 100 words? The answer is, unequivocally, yes (as you will clearly see demonstrated within the pages of this review). From the gossamer trappings of an abandoned home, to a mother's hidden desire that an impending flood swallow up her and her child, to a young girl who enthralls herself with books in a stunningly unexpected way, 35 authorial perspectives representing eight countries from around the globe—bring a cumulative 50 stories and poems to raise the roof on the dollhouse of your mind.
Which rooms will they occupy and why? What memories will meld with your consciousness / subconsciousness to again prove it is not the size of a story that matters but the sheer craft in its telling. Be it through prosaics or prosody, whether through palm-size verbiage or a handful of precisely chosen and ever-accountable words—true, fully formed tales await you.
And that's about the small and short of it. Enjoy!
Keith Hoerner, B.S., M.F.A.
P.S. We are now accepting submissions for our Fall 2020 Issue; please visit the submissions page, and join TDDR's group of talented writers.
Keith Hoerner lives, works, and pushes words around in America's Midwest, specifically—Southern Illinois. He has been featured in numerous national / international literary journals, anthologies, and other publications. His debut memoir, The Day The Sky Broke Open, is forthcoming from Adelaide Books, New York, NY, in early 2021.