CHANNILLO
Can You Hear Me Now?
By Diana Fitzgerald Bryden

Series Description:

Can You Hear Me Now?

They call it The Rocket, this streetcar, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a slow boat, a barge on its way down the Limpopo, steamy in summer; in winter, gritty underfoot and rank with the smell of wet wool. On rainy days the windows blur and water from boots and umbrellas pools on the dirty floor.

On this long, long journey across the city I’m with you, though you don’t know me. You’re talking on your phone. About your mother, your date last night, what you want for dinner. Or maybe you’re talking about your next court date, your drug problem, your divorce. Your recent sexual enlightenment, the pain in your leg (or your heart) that won’t go away. Can you hear me now, you ask, when your phone cuts out for a second. You’re not talking to me.

But I hear you. I’m listening. Here are some of the stories you’ve told me.

 

Category: Short Stories
Updated: Monthly
Status: Ongoing



Author Bio For Diana Fitzgerald Bryden:

Diana Fitzgerald Bryden lives in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of two books of poetry, Learning Russian, and Clinic Day, and a novel, No Place Strange. Poems, essays and short fiction have been published and anthologized in Canada and the U.S. No Place Strange was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and longlisted for the IMPAC/Dublin Award. Diana's short story, The Scent is one of twelve commissioned works about Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods, read at different venues in the fall of 2016. Like all writers, Diana is an eavesdropper and a voyeur, so be careful what you say and do in her presence. You may show up on the page! Diana's series of short fiction based on, what else, overheard cellphone conversations, Can You Hear Me Now, is available monthly on Channillo.







Series Description:

Can You Hear Me Now?

They call it The Rocket, this streetcar, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a slow boat, a barge on its way down the Limpopo, steamy in summer; in winter, gritty underfoot and rank with the smell of wet wool. On rainy days the windows blur and water from boots and umbrellas pools on the dirty floor.

On this long, long journey across the city I’m with you, though you don’t know me. You’re talking on your phone. About your mother, your date last night, what you want for dinner. Or maybe you’re talking about your next court date, your drug problem, your divorce. Your recent sexual enlightenment, the pain in your leg (or your heart) that won’t go away. Can you hear me now, you ask, when your phone cuts out for a second. You’re not talking to me.

But I hear you. I’m listening. Here are some of the stories you’ve told me.

 

Category: Short Stories
Updated: Monthly
Status: Ongoing


Author Bio For Diana Fitzgerald Bryden:

Diana Fitzgerald Bryden lives in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of two books of poetry, Learning Russian, and Clinic Day, and a novel, No Place Strange. Poems, essays and short fiction have been published and anthologized in Canada and the U.S. No Place Strange was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and longlisted for the IMPAC/Dublin Award. Diana's short story, The Scent is one of twelve commissioned works about Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods, read at different venues in the fall of 2016. Like all writers, Diana is an eavesdropper and a voyeur, so be careful what you say and do in her presence. You may show up on the page! Diana's series of short fiction based on, what else, overheard cellphone conversations, Can You Hear Me Now, is available monthly on Channillo.