At Allas Outdoor Bar Kirby Wright Micro-Fiction

pages At Allas Outdoor Bar

by Kirby Wright

Published in Issue No. 239 ~ April, 2017

I devour dialogues of sunset dwellers, the romantics sprawled on canvas loungers overlooking South Harbor. A turquoise pool ripples between the Baltic and us. X-girls chorus, “Yo, yo,” sipping wine and Estonian beer. White lights strung through the railing glow strong after my third drink. Helsinki tongues wave like flames.

I eye a blonde leaning against the railing. Her eyes flash like marbles. Hips sway in tight white jeans, her center sexed by ovulation. How does she view me? Perhaps as an old bandit bulging in his black Stockmann jacket. She departs. I watch muscles flex in jeans while she saunters off to circle our pool. The water turns the dirt-blue of the sea. The hero statues in Esplanadi Park slip to silhouettes.

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Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is a past recipient of the Jodi Stutz Memorial Prize in Poetry, the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Robert Browning Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. Before the City, his first poetry collection, took First Place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels Punahou Blues and Moloka'i Nui Ahina, both set in Hawaii. He was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, MA, and the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic. His futuristic novel THE END, MY FRIEND was published in 2013. He published Square Dancing At the Asylum, a collection of flash fiction, in 2014.
  • This was written in Helsinki on my way to my Artist Residency in the Aland Islands.