Unlike yesterday, I only found metaphorical spiders in “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” by James Patrick Kelly. Oh, sure, this spider seems cute, but by the time you reach the singing, the story has taken you to uncomfortable places.
When Jennifer Fancy comes to visit her father, Peter Fancy, a retired Shakespearean actor, she’s already in a brittle emotional state. In a Shakespearean manner, she sees just how fiercely her father misses her, and it’s a real punch in the gut. Not much happens on the outside, though. It’s less story, and more depiction of the shifting connections, dropped, lost, and renewed, between past, present, and future.
This spider will bite.