You spill your guts: glitter and stale water, all over my hardwood floor. I clean up every piece of you, shards of glass and a half-cracked figurine of Dorothy. Her lips are red. A color my ex would call Whore Red. There is a look of anxiousness painted on her face. I pick her up, delicately—because she is broken—and hold her between my thumb and forefinger. She is staring off into the abyss of my living room. A living room filled with moving boxes. I recognize the look. It’s the waiting for the storm. It’s the smell of incoming rain. She is facing the single event in her life that will change her path forever. There’s an evil old woman pumping her legs on a bike, a tornado scraping itself together, heading right for her. There were never Styrofoam flakes masquerading as snow in this fragmented globe, just glitter and plastic. Without snow, what do I call you?
When I stood in line at the women’s shelter, my face painted on with the same look, bruises on my neck, a baby in my arms and my lips smeared with my whore’s red, no one knew what to call me, either.
What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Wizard of Oz Snowglobe”? “It was a terrible thing to do undergo, but during the year I stood there I had time to think that the greatest loss I had known was the loss of my heart.” — the Tin Man
What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Wizard of Oz Snowglobe”?
“It was a terrible thing to do undergo, but during the year I stood there I had time to think that the greatest loss I had known was the loss of my heart.” — the Tin Man
Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.
Matter Press is now offering private flash fiction workshops and critiques of flash fiction collections here.
Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now OPEN. The reading period for standard submissions closes June 15, 2021. Topical Thursdays’ submissions are open year-round. Submit here.
08/30 • Andrew Warnke
09/02 • TBD
09/03 • David Hargreaves
09/06 • June Avignone
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09/10 • Laurence Musgrove
09/13 • Zoe Dickinson
09/16 • TBD
09/20 • Karoline Schaufler
09/23 • TBD
09/27 • Joan Wilking
09/30 • TBD
10/04 • Kim Chinquee
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