Mark Burrow

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I have 89 stories published in 4 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 127579 times and 172 of my stories have been cherry picked.
115 of my 726 comments have been voted Great Feedback with a total of 118 votes

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All Architects Are Called Zach (Part 3, words, 1,376)

Drink and food were dad’s priorities. His appetites governed the flat. Freddy watched his dad in the kitchen, pouring beer into a thin glass and then checking the oven to see what was for dinner.
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All Architects Are Called Zach (Part 2, words, 1,756)

The sun was bleeding. A boy and girl were sitting in the stairwell of the flats, whispering together. They were the only people he had seen since being refused entry to the last pub.
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All Architects Are Called Zach (Part 1, words 1,838)

Freddy walked into his local. The door hadn’t swung shut behind him when he clocked the heads angling in his direction.
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Pan Out

It was a Friday night. I stood in the kitchen, thinking about a drink. I had been off booze for six weeks. Quitting was not easy. I had wanted to go...
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Tina

I caught this boy, Dan, gawping at my ankle chain in a maths class once… I was like, “Oi, Noncy Nonce, stop perving at me.” Everyone was cracking up...

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115 of my comments have received 118 Great Feedback votes

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No worries --  I think it

Posted on Sun, 06 Sep 2020

No worries --  I think it conveys this idea of there being a kind of beauty in how existence and suffering are intertwined. However, that could just be my mindset on a Monday morning before a 3-hour meeting. 

 

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Posted in The Death of a Star

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Really enjoyed the elemental

Posted on Sun, 06 Sep 2020

Really enjoyed the elemental feel of this.

I genuinely don't know how you keep control of that final stanza, but it's seriously impressive -- it reads like a wave, if that makes sense (probably not!). Anyway, nice one. 

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Posted in The Death of a Star

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Haha! Don't be daft - I like

Posted on Fri, 04 Sep 2020

Haha! Don't be daft - I like the film recommendations. I'm just about to watch Tarkovsky's Solaris this evening.

I will check it out.  

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Posted in Assassin in My Village Supermarket

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This made me laugh -- Mickey

Posted on Sat, 05 Sep 2020

This made me laugh -- Mickey reminds me of a lot of seasoned hacks I used to work with.

Good stuff. 

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Posted in Brewster's Way 1

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Really well-captured and

Posted on Wed, 02 Sep 2020

Really well-captured and evocative poem. Where I'm living at the mo actually backs onto this forest -- I'd say you nailed it! 

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Posted in Peace In The Forest

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Mission accomplished. This

Posted on Fri, 21 Aug 2020

Mission accomplished. This has made me want to rewatch Wild Strawberries. 

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Posted in Bibi Andersson

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Yes, you've hit the nail on

Posted on Mon, 03 Aug 2020

Yes, you've hit the nail on the head with this Luigi. I sometimes think this vile pandemic is just a little taster of what's to come if we don't act soon. 

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Posted in As the Walrus Said

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The style of this feels

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020

The style of this feels different. Love how the voice carries you along -- the ending didn't quite land for me, though (I think it's the mass depondency paragraph). 

However, this did remind me an episode of Kilroy, where a bloke from...

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Posted in Minnesota Fats

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Excellent. This was my

Posted on Mon, 13 Jul 2020

Excellent. This was my favourite part: 

Right there in the middle of the city, a field.

Noodle stalls watch suspiciously as we move

Through the chicken fog, spitting pans, and away

To a field of wet grass and...

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Posted in The Storm Of A Thousand Years

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This is spuddy great! 

Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020

This is spuddy great! 

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Posted in Boiled, Deep-fried, Steamed and Mashed

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