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Reading a good story means roughly speaking, gauging the quality of a piece of writing against your own sensibility: measuring the words, using your soul as a yardstick.

The fact is that these days most practitioners of the written word repeat themselves like well-domesticated creatures do. Luciana Erregue-Sacchi does not. Her work has a presence, a soul which inhabits it taking form, quietly blossoming with a profound, fierce force, like an elegant orchid.

As unique as it is universal, this story makes itself audible from the start in theme and resources; the cry of a woman who lives a boring, purpose-void existence fills the roots of an orchid which was given to her years ago by her husband, and now woman and orchid idly see life passing while their roots decay…

The exquisite dialogues and the ending made me think of Maupassant, and brought to mind a simple verse, not at all as famous as the father of the short story, “the flower is another mode of woman/to germinate, to live/ never staying with the roots fix in one place/for life has a triumph/ and death another.”

A good story is one which reviews life and its intricacies. Thus, it will measure your soul for you. And make no mistake, The Orchid Clinic by Luciana Erregue-Sacchi is a soul measurer from beginning to end.

Luciana Erregue-Sacchi is an Argentinian-Canadian writer,

translator, and publisher (Laberinto Press). Her translations,

poems, and interviews have appeared in AGNI Magazine,

The Selkie, The Miramichi Reader, anthologies, and academic

publications. She is a Banff Centre alumni and blog writer


The Orchid Clinic by Luciana Erregue-Sacchi can be read at

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