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Sarah Blackman

Sarah Blackman is the Director of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center, an arts-magnet high school in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the author of two books: Mother Box and Other Tales (FC2, 2013), winner of the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award; and the novel Hex (FC2, 2016). Her story, “The Little Blue Horses,” is part of a collection of ekphrastic prose and takes its title from the 1911 painting by Franz Marc.


The Little Blue Horses

December 3, 2020 | Fiction

Rochelle and her mother lived in a large town that was on its way to becoming a small city. On her way to school, Rochelle often stopped to watch the crews of construction workers erect a new house in the hole where, only a few days before, one of her neighbors’ houses had loomed in sour glory, a car parked on its front lawn, silk flowers sprouting along its foundation like hair plugs.