Rolling Out by Meg Pokrass

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I woke up, rolled out of bed, and felt beautiful. I called the man I’d met online and told him that I really lived a lot closer than he thought.

“I’m wearing elevator shoes,” he said. “Because I’m tall in my soul.” Fine with me. When I looked in the mirror, I just had to blink. I’d woken up with goldfish lips, long blond hair down to my knees, and island blue peep-holes. I looked like a fuck-me doll. I stood there staring until I began to laugh.

What kind of joke is this? I said to myself in the mirror. Who asked for this, anyway?

I walked to the kitchen and started to sing. Birds flew in through the window and landed on my shoulders. I did a little dance kick and felt myself rising. I rose like Jesus right inside my living room. I hadn’t even gotten to the kitchen yet. What do saints like me eat? I asked myself. What does it take to fuel such a gorgeous machine? I thought about this for a while, then called your old number. It didn’t ring. I talked to you about this new self of mine. “Hi, I think you might want to love me again now,” I said.

This is a sample story from Meg’s forthcoming flash collection, “The Dog Seated Next to Me” (Pelekinesis Press, 2019).  Here is an early review of the collection. The  link to pre-order the book is here. If you’d like to review this book, please e-mail the author and she will send you an advance copy.

Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass is the author of five flash fiction collections, two novellas-in-flash, and is the recipient of the Blue Light Book Award. Her work has been internationally anthologized in two Norton Anthology Readers, Best Small Fictions 2018 and 2019, the Wigleaf Top 50 List, and her work has appeared in over 350 literary magazines including Electric Literature, Craft, Tin House, Passages North, Wigleaf and Smokelong Quarterly. She currently serves as Flash Challenge Editor at Mslexia Magazine, Festival Curator for Flash Fiction Festival, U.K. (Bristol) Co-Editor of Best Microfiction, 2020, and Founding/Managing Editor of New Flash Fiction Review.

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