Dianne Thomas

I'm a Detroit-based writer whose work has appeared in Octavo, Flashquake, The Threepenny Review, and other online and print publications.

 

This website offers free reading of my fiction, poetry, vignettes, and more.  

See the download section for available content in pdf form. 

This Week's Highlight

Primal Sleep

 Before there were beds

my ancestor lay down to sleep

on soft earth and layers of leaves

that yielded to the weight of

an unfamiliar body


Before there were pillows

my ancestor lowered a weary head

onto one strong, supportive arm

and felt the rhythm of pulsing blood

already ancient in its origin


Before there were lullabies

my ancestor listened to the voices of night

and understood the messages of

rushing wind and rustling leaves

and creature calls into the darkness


Before there were dreams

my ancestor entered a secret realm

of unconnected images and sounds

creating a twisted new reality

that vanished with the dawn


Before there were alarm clocks

my ancestor opened fresh eyes to the new day

certain of the pleasures and terrors it would bring

then rose to stand upright on two feet

and walk unquestioningly into the world



Links to Published Works

Poetry

 Junior

Published by Flashquake


Intensities of IV or Less  

Short Stories

The Life of the Party

She thought about just giving up on

the idea of going to the party, but 

when she considered alternatives ...

Vignettes, Memoir & More

 The Talking Wall

Everyone agreed about where the wall came from. It was what was left of an old grocery store... 

Dance without Song

Published by Banshee


What's Left

Published by Alsop Review


Sunday Morning

They would sit in straight-backed chairs and drink coffee at a table

he had made from old boards  

Previously published by Flashquake

My Dinner with Joe 

I don’t think I really wanted to date Joe. Hanging out with a group was fine ... but just the two of us on a date 

seemed weird.  

contact: dianne.thomas.online@gmail.com