Speculate: A Collection of Microlit

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From what began as a dialog between two adventurous writers curious about the shape-shifter called a prose poem comes a stunning collection that is a disruption of language—a provocation. Speculate is a hybrid of speculative poetry and flash fiction, thrumming in a pulse of jouissance and intensity that chases the impossible.

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About the Book

We invite you to leap onto the stage of your own imaginings, plunge into what Henry James called the house of fiction. This is how we envision ours:

“A single detached house tossed out of Speculate settles across your dreams. Skin, paper-thin, desiccated and scripted like a collage, covers the absence of doors, thresholds, verandas, stairways and footpaths. But there are windows and louvers that look out to rain-licked grasslands. This is a house unsealed, with the sky art and earth art washed or rolled into each other on adjacent floors and walls. The roof, unlettered, is made of two sliding suns of creamed panels, foundation-like. Round the back is a rope ladder that will win you over. Up, up you go. Enter with care as you would any fiction that blurs the boundaries of genre, mode or form, that goes beyond the written and borrows from the unwritten. Together we can interweave art with language and watch it shape itself anew in an endless process of spontaneity and play because we can be here and there and away, all at once.”

– Dominique Hecq & Eugen Bacon


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“Rich and entrancing. This collection is not only a conversation between two literary impressionists—it is a narrative of art. With their words, Eugen Bacon & Dominique Hecq paint landscapes, both inner and outer, and all in stunning detail. In this book I delighted in finding messages and warnings relevant to the questions of today. Earth in existential crisis. Reefs formed within a human body. A Martian’s dialogue reflected in its public art. Eugen & Dominique riff delightfully off each other as they offer up a speculative fiction smorgasbord of thoughtful insight—small dishes served with literary flavour. This is a highly recommended read for those who love language and find delight in morsel-sized fiction and prose poetry. ”  – Pamela Jeffs, author of Saloons & Stardust and Five Dragons

“A witty collection of dialoguing micro-fictions, “Speculate” associates the best of two of the most original voices of the moment. Highly intriguing and enjoyable, and as sharp as a dangerous kitchen knife.” – Seb Doubinsky, award-winning author of the City-States Cycle

“In Speculate, Bacon and Hecq fence with fragments of fiction, and parry with paragraphs of prose poetry, in an elegant to-and-fro and that slashes language into surprising patterns with each progressive action. Without winners or losers, and without beginning, middle, or end, this is collaborative writing that doesn’t score points, but exalts in the honed reflex of feint and riposte. Allez!– Oz Hardwick, award-winning poet and academic

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Genres: Flash Fiction, Poetry, Speculative Fiction
Tags: all books, available, Backlist
ISBN: 9781946154552
About the Author
Dominique Hecq

Dominique Hecq grew up in the French-speaking part of Belgium. She now lives in Melbourne. Her works include a novel, three collections of stories and ten books of poetry. Hecq’s poems and stories have been widely published in anthologies and journals. Often experimental, her work explores love, loss, exile and the possibilities of language. Kaosmos and Tracks (2020) are her latest books. Among other awards such as the Melbourne Fringe Festival Award, the Woorilla Prize for fiction, the Martha Richardson Medal for Poetry, and the New England Poetry Prize, Hecq is a recipient of the 2018 International Best Poets Prize.