SYZYGY

The best part of air travel is yogurt parfaits. Or finding God. Or understanding fate. Or all of the above.


Published in the Stonecoast Review, Summer 2020. Nominated for 2020 Pushcart Prize.
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SYZYGY

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  • Alexander Perez:
    21 Apr. 2022
    A borderline absurdist meditation on regret, memory, and coincidence that unpacks the myriad of ways we torture ourselves over what we have no control over. Hindsight and guilt go hand in hand. There's sadistic comfort in feeling like there was something that could have been done rather than relinquishing power to time's ceaseless inertia.

    Being present is important. Easier said than done.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    9 Jul. 2020
    Airline travel encapsulated in this fantastic play with an existential crisis and the food court delights we grip onto. Well done.
  • Robert Weibezahl:
    22 May. 2020
    Certainly one of the most intriguing and accomplished short plays I have read. Carnes creates an encompassing world—totally relatable yet tantalizingly alien—that is neither here nor there, now or then. She then conjures up an encounter that is rife with questions about fate and human existence. Questions for which, perhaps, there can be no answers. This one will keep you thinking. A small masterpiece.

Development History

  • Reading
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    10 Minutes a Month Playwriting Collective, London, UK
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    2020
  • Reading
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    Drunken Owl, Seattle, WA
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    2019