John Casey • Novelist and Poet Exploring The Human Condition
John Casey is one of nine contributing authors of the anthology Distant Flickers. His poem Empty Skies sets the tone at the beginning of the book for the stories that follow, and the title was derived from a line of the same poem:
"...Where a distant flicker
the infinite reach of solitude..."
The emotive stories in this anthology take readers to the streets of New York and San Francisco, to warm east coast beaches, rural Idaho, and Italy, from the early 1900s, through the 1970s, and into present day.
A sinister woman accustomed to getting everything she wants. A down-on-his luck cook who stumbles on goodness. A young mother who hides $10 she received from a stranger. The boy who collects secrets. A young woman stuck between youth and adulthood. Children who can’t understand why their mother disappears.
The distinct and varied characters in Distant Flickers stand at a juncture. The loss of a spouse, a parent, a child, oneself. Whether they arrived at this place through self-reflection, unexpected change, or new revelations—each one has a choice to make.