This is a wonderful, amazing story. The language is brilliant and intelligent, interweaving old school terms into a lyrical, heart-breaking story. I feel for Daffodil, of course, but I also feel for the potato. To have no choice but to witness the destruction of someone you love, powerless to do anything to stop it, to do anything but just watch, is all too real. When I first saw the title I thought this would be a funny story. I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong. A fantastic piece.
Very clever, a sensual piece of writing. The title is smart. Use of alliteration works very well too.
The language is so dense and evocative. Poetic on a deep and clearly purposeful level. The powerful images and heartbreaking plot make this a haunting piece.
Excellent. I'll never think of my innocent little garden the same.
This is wildly imaginative and wonderfully captivating to the end
> "spreading mauve cologne from room to room." Nice use of synesthesia there. Usually it's self-consciously delivered, like "blue music" or something. Here it's seamless. Cheers!
I’ll never look at French fries or my compost pile the same way again. I’m glad the sun still has Miranda rights, it seems fewer and fewer of the rest of us do. ‘Destroy what you most love’ is very fitting for this time of year and for these times we live in.
After reading the title, I immediately had to drop everything to know what a potato would say. And it turned out to be brilliant! I love the ending paragraph, and how the clouds handcuffed the sun so that at least we have a bit of closure and perhaps justice for Daffodil, I'm glad Buchanan decided to end her story on that note.
For me, the only way to talk about this story without being reductive is to quote it: Sentences like, "He made love like an electric fence" and "Daffodil told Russet these tragics in pollen," to the ultimate gut-puncher, "to destroy what you most love. This is the tragedy of light," made me dizzy and still all at once. Thank you for sharing this.
This is a beautiful story.
I really enjoyed reading this story. Love the potato and the ending. :)
Unique content and gorgeous writing!
BenjiRade pulled all my favorite lines already. Thank you for unfolding a new room in my brain and for doing it so beautifully.
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This story really stands on its own! From the personification of the Sun and the Daffodil, to the complexities about toxic relationships, this story really hits those marks! It was such a joy to read!