Viszlát – stories – Roberto Carcache Flores

stories by Roberto Carcache Flores
Dink Press, December 2017


~I’m putting words behind me for now. – {from} The Last Remesa

Because cities don’t exist, you as a reader leave one circus for another and on your way you see in the lower sky what you think is a UFO and then you don’t see it and you wander off and forget both the second circus and the UFO and together they remember you as not the best prank they’ve played on god.

~Who or what will meet you there has never haunted any of your dreams. You simply walk of course. – {from} Airplane Magazine Story

In the eerily pleasant entries of Viszlát, Roberto Carcache Flores explores how we might take place by talking about the words we say. Distance has its limitations. Disappearance outlines the many parameters of remain.

I was not surprised to find that viszlát is a short version for goodbye in Hungarian, as the work, interspersed with correspondence, with morphic conditions, and with pleas for eventual encounters, hones its goodbyes to improve farewell.

~“I want to keep learning…even after…” – {from} Somewhere, with a park

The layout of the book, and the language therein, is one of an anxious stillness, and the whole of the work expresses itself through the mouths of these two heads as they share a common displacement. The shorter reflections, or entries, give way to longer pieces, wider melancholies, which allow the reader to dot the sharper pain while circling the graves of its more robust precisions.

There is also a pop-up book mentality threaded through the overall kindness of the endeavor in that Flores includes unmarked letters that address, perhaps, the approach of reader and writer, or maybe suggest how those made kin by contact run the risk of being orphaned by rendezvous.

~“Do you…even know why actors feel that way?”
~“Maybe they feel miserable offstage.” – {from} Spirits

I loved the cohesion of the work, the refined individualism of its language, and the choice seriousness of its author. I loved how it tasked itself with creating an entire language for the word of you. And, with its mix of official and unofficial greetings, I loved how it said goodbye.

~How to say I’m sorry

~The FoolI’m sorry.
~The ProfessorI’m sorry.
~El ViejoI’m sorry.
~The SpriteI’m sorry. – {from} Repertoire


review by Barton Smock


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