Last year is already fading away. Away.
2010 has not been a good year for me.
As I stepped onto the balcony this morning, I picked up something that looked like a little wooden stick, but on touching it, it felt like plastic. Must have landed from somebody else's balcony ( I live in a block of flats). I threw it out, over the railing, and instead of going down, it started rising, and I watched it go up, up and away.
It was my goodbye to 2010.
- Nora Nadjarian
- Award-winning poet and short story writer from Cyprus. Published three collections of poetry: The Voice at the Top of the Stairs (2001), Cleft in Twain (2003) and 25 Ways to Kiss a Man (2004). Cleft in Twain was cited by The Guardian in an article on the literature of the new European Union member states in 2004. My work has won prizes and commendations in various international competitions: among others, in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition (Ireland) and the Binnacle International Ultra-Short Competition at the University of Maine at Machias, USA. In addition to a book of short stories, Ledra Street (2006), I have had work published online and in journals internationally. My work was included in Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press) and in the poetry anthology Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). Girl, Wolf, Bones – a new book of fairy tale inspired microfiction – was published in 2011.