Especially the Bad Things

Especially the Bad Things

by Greg Gerke

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Can a relationship survive on one person’s love for a beard? Can Shakespeare protect a doomed romance from an angry bee stuck in a car? How does an old iron speak to affairs of the heart? And how can we gauge the secret yearnings of the woman who writes novels about werewolves?

Wry and absurd, pithy and profound, the short fiction of Greg Gerke takes the pulse of couples arriving at the end of something, lovers entering the “unendurable zone.” Moments of improbable grace are salvaged from bitter break-ups, prolonged languor is punctuated by bursts of panic and violence, and the acute pain of thwarted hopes dissipates into indifference. In each of these forty stories, Gerke diagnoses the poisons of heartache with results that pull in two directions at once: comical and grotesque, caustic and humane, sharp-tongued and stirringly sincere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781916173019
Publisher: Splice
Publication date: 09/16/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
File size: 658 KB

About the Author

Greg Gerke is the author of Especially the Bad Things and See What I See, both published by Splice.

Table of Contents

  • The Wrong Things List


  • Autumn's Disjecta
    • Manhattan (one)
    • Manhattan (two)
    • Manhattan (three)
    • The Big Woman
    • Chrissy Likes the Dolphins
    • Denise, Dogs, and Me
    • I Might Be Here in February
    • Finding and Faulting


  • Scribblers
    • High On the Thigh
    • Zoo Ending
    • Overtone
    • Here Is the Poem
    • Storied
    • Reviewed
    • Careful
    • In Bed With Ireland
    • Lyrically
    • Goes and Does
    • Twinned


  • Some Friends
    • My Brooklyn Writer Friend
    • Three Rich Women
    • They Do Not Complete Me
    • Issues
    • Telling
    • Babar Goes to His Friend's House and Thinks
    • My Bed-Stuy Friend
    • The Shirt
    • Bach, a Beard, Two Women
    • My Unhappy Writer Friend


  • Suite
    • The Bookcase
    • The Bee
    • The Lute Music CD
    • The Iron


  • Winter's Disjecta
    • More Love
    • Screws, Wall, and Him
    • Or So
    • The Beige Futon
    • Mother
    • After the End


  • Descant
    • She Told the Man, the Man Told Me
    • Descant


  • Acknowledgements

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