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“Swing All the Way Up and Smack”
by Veronica Mattaboni
// published in 2017
// sale price $0.85
// fiction
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by Veronica Mattaboni // a Pen & Anvil chapbook
Veronica Mattaboni

Veronica Mattaboni is an author, poet, and freelance writer from Pennsylvania. She studied creative writing at West Chester University.

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“You were supposed to watch him.”

In the tradition of Jack London's "To Build a Fire", this short tale follows, moment by moment, a woman doing what needs to be done to keep herself warm through the night. The wood pile is depleted. The glow from the wood stove is beginning to grow dim. Martha must venture out into the snow for more fuel. But there is other work, as well, that needs doing, if she's going to survive for it isn't just the cold that threatens.

About this chapbook series:

These bite-sized booklets are a mouthful of literature each, intended to be read in a single sitting. When you’re done with one, pass it along! Look for them lying around in Boston, Portland, or New York City. When you see one waiting to be read, go ahead and pick it up. Give it a home in your hands for a ten-minute lit snack. Then when you’re finished, leave it behind for the next person to find, in an ATM lobby, on a train station bench, in the coffeeshop, at the pub.

To request a single copy of any chapbook in the series, or a set of copies in bulk quantity so you can pepper them around your neighborhood, just contact the Pen & Anvil Press and we can put a plan together to mail some over to you. You can reach us via the good folks at the Boston Poetry Union, PO Box 15274 Boston MA 02215. If you don’t have a stamp, feel free to send us an email.