A romance at the surface, but look closer, and you'll see this hybrid love story also addresses the fate of the planet. Julian, a workaholic-romantic, returns to school and falls head-over-heels for Allison, a lithe and lovely twenty-year-old college student while taking a course that examines the nuances of global warming. In class, they pass notes, flirt, and slowly a relationship evolves. When Julian discovers that Allison is due to marry her high school sweetheart, he risks all-including his job-to impress her, seduce her and steal her away. During a final exam, dressed as a dictator, he reads a treaty on the social economics of climate change, threaded with stanzas from a divine poem written centuries ago by Sappho. Allison is moved by his courtship.
Includes bikers, twisted fairytales, whiskey-drinking poets and a cynical, Kerouac-loving friend who can cite passages with a cigarette hanging from his mouth and a beer in hand. It has foreplay, after-play, rejection, respite, acceptance, and rejection again.
A fast-paced, witty and smart read that gives a gritty, behind the scenes look at seduction.
"A flash fiction writer turns to poetry and speaks of biting love seen in a cosmic light." -Washington Independent Review of Books
"Antonio Hopson spins gentle legends and quiet love stories. From biker goddesses to mythical tricksters, from feuding winds to debauched taverns, revealing the author's romantic enchantment with the world around him, even when it's at its grittiest." -Dru Pagliassotti, Editor in Chief, The Harrow
Antonio J. Hopson's stories have been published in Quiet Shorts Magazine, Old Growth Journal, Blackheart Magazine, The Harrow Magazine, The Subterranean Quarterly, Outcry Magazine, Farmhouse, Lost Magazine, The Piker Press and also NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse. He has received Farmhouse Magazine's Reader's Choice award and in 2006 and was invited to perform at Seattle's Richard Hugo House as a featured writer. In 2015, Anaphora Literary Press published Seven, a book of poetry.