Meg Pokrass

Location San Francisco
Occupation Author for Rose Metal Press/ associate editor for New World Writing

Books by Meg Pokrass
  • by Meg Pokrass
    Press 53, 2011.

  • by James Thomas, Robert Shapard, Christopher Merrill
    W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.

  • by Michelle Richmond
    Fiction Attic Press, 2013.

  • by Thumbnail Press, Michael Dean Anthony
    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
  • About Me

    Meg Pokrass has stories in many magazines and her work has been Internationally anthologized, most recently in the Norton anthology "Flash Fiction International"(2015). Her books include Damn Sure Right; My Very End of the Universe (in Five Mini-Novellas-in-Flash and a Study of the Form, by Rose Metal Press); and Bird Envy (Harvard Bookstore bestseller). Her new flash fiction collection, forthcoming in 2016, is "The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down.” She is associate editor for Frederick Barthelme's New World Writing and founder of New Flash Fiction Review.

    Why do you write?

    sex, death, life, etc. that kind of thing.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    The first four that come to me are: Bobbie Ann Mason, Mona Simpson, Jeffrey Eugenides, Justin Torres, Bob Hicok.

    THE STAPLES: Justin Torres, Raymond Carver, Lori Ostlund, Jayne Anne Phillips, Pam Houston, Bobbie Ann Mason, Daniel Handler, Charles Simic, Tobias Wolff, Lori Ostlund, Francine Prose, Louise Erdrich, Bob Hicok, Susan Minot, Mona Simpson, Barbara Kingsolver, Haruki Murikami, Louise Erdrich, Wallace Stegner, J.D Salinger, Aimee Bender, Dorianne Laux, Sharon Olds, Stanley Kunitz, Donald Hall, Ilya Kaminsky, Louise Gluck, Anton Chekhov, Anthony Lane, Adam Gopnik

    Meg Pokrass's Wall

    Tabatha Stirling – Nov 15, 2015

    Long wall of quite awesome loving. Very much deserved x

    John Riley – Feb 11, 2013

    Thanks, Meg for your nice comment on "A Forest" and for all your support. It means a great deal to me.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jan 16, 2013

    Thanks for the comment on Forgiveness. You look completely different in every photo I see you in. Are you real?

    Tim G. Young – Oct 26, 2012

    Hi Meg,

    Thanks for understanding.

    Nonnie Augustine – Oct 18, 2012

    Jeez louise! You have a long wall. Thank you for getting me here to Fictionaut. You are a peach!

    Lillian Ann Slugocki – Oct 15, 2012

    Meg, thanks so much for your comment!! really means a lot, congrats on litquake!!

    Kenton K. Yee – Oct 07, 2012

    Great job at the Litquake flash fiction reading today! Fantastic stories and panel all round. The female/male imbalance was sort of amusing.


    David James – Aug 11, 2012

    I really like your updated photo. You do hats well.

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 25, 2012

    Thank you for your exuberant comment on Birds of Prayer 1. I just read Extinction and as usual am floored by your writing. I love how you have at least two things going on outside of, say, a romantic interlude. Here, the ecosystem, earth and universe collapsing. Somehow, you manage to include all that and the story still stays upbeat. Such gifts!

    Gloria Garfunkel – Jul 21, 2012

    I loved your enthusiasm for my story Pig Girl. The Serious Writer and Her Pussy is hilarious and extremely well done.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 05, 2012

    Enjoyed your comment on "Loose End," Meg. Thanks!

    Ann Bogle – Jul 04, 2012

    Thanks, Meg! ("Unmailed Letter to B'go")

    kate hill cantrill – Jun 28, 2012

    Thanks Meg. Not sure too many others like me anymore (damn this mouth!)

    Speaking of Damn...I finally ordered your book and can't wait to read it!

    Susan Gibb – Jun 28, 2012

    Meg, you know I don't read much here anymore but when something catches my mind like your story "Them" I must comment. It wasn't out of kindness, but of admiration.

    Barry Basden – Jun 27, 2012

    Thanks, Meg, for letting me know you liked 'Benny Goodman...'

    Jaime Karnes – Jun 16, 2012

    So thrilled you enjoyed my piece! Thanks, Meg. xx

    DJ Young – Jun 15, 2012

    Thank you for reading and sharing 'Letter, Unsent' - much appreciation.

    John Riley – Jun 15, 2012

    Thanks, Meg for commenting and for the fav. Made my day.

    Cherise Wolas – Jun 14, 2012

    Meg - thanks for reading and for the kind words on The Park!

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 13, 2012

    Thanks for faving "Picking the Bark off Experience," Meg.

    Adam Strong – Jun 09, 2012

    Meg, thanks for the flattering comments on Distance of Advice and Proper Grammar, you are making Portland a little sunnier for me today.

    Tina Barry – Jun 03, 2012

    Hi Meg. Thanks for commenting on Ma & Pa and thanks for the star! Much appreciated.

    Ajay Vishwanathan – Jun 01, 2012

    Thanks for your note on "Scene"! I wish I could be as prolific as you... don't know how you manage that! Kudos!

    brian warfield – May 30, 2012

    thank you for your comments on my story and for pointing more people to it.

    Matthew Robinson – May 26, 2012

    Thanks for the comment and fave, Meg! :)

    Michael Gillan Maxwell – May 22, 2012

    Hi Meg! Thanks for taking the time to read my post office piece and leave a comment. I know it sounds like a cliche, but "some of my best friends work for the postal service!" Actually one of them is a carrier and it has taken a toll on her body. My great grandfather was the last horse drawn carrier in Milwaukee in the early part of the 20th century. I know the story is written from a point of view that tends to make out the postal service as "the bad guy." However, I don't feel that way at all. In any case it does seem to strike a nerve with people. Thanks again!

    Ajay Vishwanathan – May 08, 2012

    Thanks Meg for your note! I'm so excited to be chosen by Frances.

    I hope you are doing well.
    Foundling Review continues to receive wonderful work... we feel honored to have published some great folks, including you.

    Kate Axelrod – Mar 28, 2012

    thank you, meg! yours too..

    Gessy Alvarez – Mar 26, 2012

    Thanks Meg for commenting and faving my poem "Weak Knees." It's always good to see your lovely words of encouragement.

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 24, 2012

    Great comment on "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself." Thanks, Meg!

    Barry Basden – Mar 23, 2012

    Thanks, Meg, for letting me know you liked 'Saved, Nevertheless.'

    Mark Reep – Mar 22, 2012

    Hi Meg, thanks for your very kind words about 'Grace'. Your feedback's always encouraging and appreciated! All best.

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 20, 2012

    Thank you for faving "Eyes Off the Road," Meg!

    Jane Flett – Mar 08, 2012

    Glad to have grabbed you, thanks for reading!

    Sally Houtman – Feb 16, 2012

    Meg, I fear we are twisted in slightly different, yet kindred ways. So appreciate your comments on "The Temperature of Porridge." Your star and support mean a lot.

    M.H. – Feb 13, 2012

    Thanks, Meg, for reading & commenting on "Eldorado." It's been a while since I've posted anything and I've missed this neck of the woods :).

    Lynn Beighley – Feb 09, 2012

    Thanks for praising my Zipper thing, Meg. High praise, coming from you!

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 09, 2012

    Thanks for commenting on "Eleutheria," Meg!

    John Riley – Feb 07, 2012

    Thanks for reading my poem, Meg.

    James Robison – Feb 05, 2012

    Thank you thank you for saying detailed things about Zurich.
    Also. Why does the Barry Graham post here from Sept 01 2008 define masturbation? The world is full of mysteries, with answers scribbled on a Taco Bell napkin.

    Matthew Robinson – Feb 01, 2012

    Hey, Meg! Thanks for the ReadFav on "Lawn Clippings."

    Kurt Baumeister – Jan 24, 2012

    Thanks for the invite, Meg!

    Michael Dwayne Smith – Jan 21, 2012

    You have a big board full of grateful peoples, but I never have enough chances to thank you, so ... yeah, thank you :o)

    Carol Reid – Jan 13, 2012

    Meg, thanks for reading "Gardens". Appreciate your comment!

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 12, 2012

    Thanks for commenting on "The Sober Boat," Meg. Glad you liked it!

    Tania Hershman – Jan 04, 2012

    I don't feel very mysterious...!

    Tania Hershman – Jan 04, 2012

    Meg, how lovely you are, thank you SO much for those gorgeous messages you left on my story! How the devil are you? It's been ages.... And as for publishing more on Fictionaut, I'm actually resolved this year to publish less, hold back a little, regain the mystery that is me! ;)

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Dec 15, 2011

    Yes, we should & we'll sacrifice our old terrible work with the other animals (or people...)!

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Dec 15, 2011

    sounds great! look forward to it. Oh & I thought you were initiating me into an inclusive fictionaut satanic cult or something...!

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Dec 15, 2011

    Sounds great, Meg. For the Five I mean. & thank you for asking! Not sure what you mean by the other question, having you with us– joining something?

    Deborah Rickard – Dec 14, 2011

    Thank you for your kind comment on my story, Meg. I'd only just joined and posted it, and it was a huge relief to get a positive comment so quickly!

    sean m. poole – Dec 13, 2011

    Hi Megg, Thanks for taking the time to read "The Day The Music Died". I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

    Bobbi Lurie – Dec 11, 2011

    Meg, thank you for your comments on "Soliloquy on Ma"

    Jules Archer – Dec 03, 2011

    Thanks Meg!

    Barry Basden – Nov 20, 2011

    Thanks, Meg, for the fave and comment on Texas Tornado. It was fun to write that piece.

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 19, 2011

    Thanks, Meg! Appreciate the comment on and fave of "Fish Boil." Always love hearing from you.

    Beate Sigriddaughter – Nov 04, 2011

    Meg, thank you for your awesome comment on "Pieta." Though not consciously intended, your withdrawal comment linking sex, war, men, women, is right within the context of the poem. Thank you for adding to whole ominous scenario.

    Kari Nguyen – Nov 03, 2011

    Happy to find your comments on my short stuff, Meg. Thanks so much for that excellent feedback. Great to hear what is working.

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 01, 2011

    Thanks, Meg! Glad you liked the "Love" poem.

    Beate Sigriddaughter – Oct 31, 2011

    Thanks for your wise comment on "Poem Containing 'So,' 'And,' 'Such.'" Your comment made me think of the days (you're probably not old enough to have experienced this) when it seemed to ludicrous and ponderous to insist on being call "Ms."

    Bonnie ZoBell – Oct 29, 2011

    Hey meg,

    Thanks for your note and for asking for me to tell you when I have something up. I do have something up, but I don't think anybody can see it. I just wrote to Jurgen. xxb

    Bonnie ZoBell – Oct 29, 2011

    Hey Meg,

    Gone too long. I need to read some stories here. I just joined this group, though I thought I already belonged to a fictionaut group of yours. Oh well, it's just me being behind.


    Andrew Stancek – Oct 20, 2011

    Meg, your appreciation thrills me. I am honored.

    Christopher Allen – Oct 19, 2011

    Hey, Meg! Thank you for commenting on "The Shoes, the Girl and the Waves that Washed Them Away." Hope you're doing well.

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 17, 2011

    So nice of you to comment so favorable on "Satan and the Moon." Thanks, Meg.

    Franklin Goodish – Oct 07, 2011

    Heh! It me. Wow, a STUNNING review at newpages for Damn Sure Right. Damn!!!!!!! Glad to see you so well. Me? Just sorta thumpin' along. So pleased to see your comments on that piece I put on here. Thanks much.

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 05, 2011

    What a cool comment on the Dali poem! Thanks, Meg! (+ fave!)

    Barry Basden – Sep 29, 2011

    Thanks for your kind words about Bodensee, Meg. And for all you do for the craft.

    John Riley – Sep 24, 2011

    I made it! Thanks, Meg

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 24, 2011

    Thanks, Meg, for the yes vote on "The Sum Above."

    Christian Bell – Sep 21, 2011

    Meg, thanks for reading and commenting on "Ascend"!

    MaryAnne Kolton – Sep 21, 2011

    Meg, thank you, that's probably my favorite as well. . .

    J. Mykell Collinz – Sep 20, 2011

    Hi, Meg. Thanks for reading 'A Life of My Own-3.' I greatly appreciate your helpful comment.

    Susan Rukeyser – Sep 15, 2011

    Thanks so much for your kind words about "Spray-Tans in the 70s." I'm a fan of yours & delighted that you took time to check it out!

    Joani Reese – Sep 13, 2011

    Hi Meg: Thank you for commenting on "It is what it is."

    Christopher Allen – Sep 12, 2011

    Hey, Meg!
    Thank you for the thumbs up on "Husk of Hare"! Much appreciated. Hope you're doing well. :)

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 12, 2011

    Thanks, Meg, for reading and commenting on the Chattanooga poem. It's hard to resist the shiny!

    Joani Reese – Jul 26, 2011

    Meg, my wild and wily friend, I like that you liked "The Human Condition." Thanks much.

    Carol Reid – Jul 26, 2011

    Nice surprise to catch your comment today on my story. Thanks, Meg!

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 26, 2011

    Three of my favorite adjectives! Thanks for the fave of "Four Noble Lies," Meg.

    Mark Reep – Jul 26, 2011

    Hi Meg, thanks for your comment on 'Ten Reasons'. Glad you enjoyed. All best.

    Joani Reese – Jul 13, 2011

    Megginz--Thanks so much for the love on "Happy Hour." I have to go drink another glass of Montrachet now--Finding the end of your wall is a long walk! Thanks again.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 11, 2011

    Quite nice of you to say so! Thanks for faving "Black Ice," Meg.

    Gill Hoffs – Jul 07, 2011

    Thank you for reading and fave-ing on 'Riding the tube to work' - glad you enjoyed it! All the best, Gill

    Jules Archer – Jul 05, 2011

    Wow, Meg, so very flattered by your comments on "Traitor". Appreciate very much.

    Sophie Kipner – Jun 18, 2011

    Hi, Meg. So glad you enjoyed my story, "Well Water" and thanks for the comment!

    Jim V – Jun 17, 2011

    Meg! Thanks for reading and commenting on, "Likely Story."

    Christian Bell – Jun 17, 2011

    Meg, thanks for reading "Drive"!

    J. A. Tyler – Jun 15, 2011

    Thanks for reading my work today Meg - muchly appreciated for sure,

    Tina Barry – Jun 14, 2011

    Hi Meg. You're very kind. I'm so glad you like "Fever," and I'm flattered beyond belief that you want to tweet it. You made my day!

    Gill Hoffs – Jun 14, 2011

    Thanks for the lovely comment on 'A bottle of raspberries', Meg! Very kind of you!
    All the best,

    Emily Smith-Miller – Jun 13, 2011

    thanks for reading tightrope, and liking it haha

    Kari Nguyen – Jun 13, 2011

    Hi Meg, so happy you liked Migration! Thanks so much!

    Eryk Wenziak – Jun 13, 2011

    Thanks for your comment on my woman-cutting-down-her-bastard-husband poem! I really appreciate you taking the time to read it, Meg.

    Greg Davis – Jun 12, 2011

    Hi Meg,
    Thanks for your kind words about "Scandal, In Eight Parking Arrangements" and for making it a fave!

    Larry Strattner – Jun 12, 2011

    Thanks for the Freelance comment. It makes me happy when you're happy. LS

    Mark Reep – Jun 12, 2011

    Meg, thanks for taking time for 'Bukowski', and for your comments and fave. Your feedback's always valued, encouraging, very much appreciated. All best.

    Kathy Conde – Jun 11, 2011

    Meg, Thank you so much for your comment on "Things Unseen." I really appreciate it.

    MaryAnne Kolton – Jun 09, 2011

    Meg, thanks so much for for taking the time to read and comment on my work. It means a lot to me.

    Mark Reep – Jun 09, 2011

    Thanks for taking time for House By The Sea, Meg. When in doubt I lean toward understatement, so your comment on avoiding sentimentality (deftly, even! :) is encouraging, and much appreciated.

    Bill Yarrow – Jun 09, 2011

    "Odd/wonderful"--couldn't ask for better than that! Thanks, Meg, for reading and commenting on "Hitting the Wall."

    Jason McCormick – May 30, 2011

    Thanks for the comment (and the words) Meg!

    Jane Hammons – May 28, 2011

    Always appreciate the read. gracias!

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 25, 2011

    Meg, thanks muchly for complimenting my latest and for making it a favorite.

    Cheryl Snell – May 25, 2011

    Thanks for your reaction to "Out"! It's more than I could have hoped for.

    Roberto C. Garcia – May 23, 2011

    Hiya Meg! Thanks for your "yes to this. yes." on "For Liu Xiabo". I want to spread this poem all over the globe so that this revolutionary for non violent change won't be forgotten.

    Christopher Allen – May 22, 2011

    Hey, Meg! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on "The Pain Taster." Very much appreciated. Hope you're doing well.

    Kathy Conde – May 22, 2011

    Meg, thanks so much for your comment on Movement! I love your stories, and I'm thrilled that you liked mine.

    Kathy Conde – May 22, 2011

    Thanks for the invitation Meg! I enjoy your stories. Still learning to navigate but I did manage to put a story up.

    See ya – May 21, 2011

    Thanks for reading my first section of Where Alligators Sleep. And thanks for your unwavering encouragement of not only my own writing, but the work of so many others. You're one of a kind.

    Susan Tepper – May 21, 2011

    Megz baby: my west coast actress alter-ego no mfa writer sister: thanks for what you said about Tool!

    Jon Davies – May 20, 2011

    I really liked that story about noses that just disappeared (as I was commenting on it)!

    Craig Lancaster – May 19, 2011

    Thank you for the nice words about "Aforementioned," Meg. I love your stuff.

    Bill Yarrow – May 19, 2011

    Glad you liked "Getting Godless," Meg. Thank you for commenting. So great to have you as a reader!

    James Lloyd Davis – May 17, 2011

    Thank you, Meg, for the commment regarding "On the train to Otsu Station" and for your support, always.

    ABxx – May 17, 2011

    Thanks for the nice comments on "The Mariner's Daughter", Meg.

    Rabbit Angstrom – May 16, 2011

    Hey There Meg, thank you for the comment, I know this ceiling piece is a bit weird. Thank you for your gander at my works! PEace, Amy

    Paula Ray – May 16, 2011

    Hi, Meg - good to talk to you again. Thank you so much for your kind words on my new post.

    Mike Lynch – May 15, 2011

    Meg! Thanks so much for your comments on "Burrito Porn" and "Lovely Blue Automobile." I always get a big bang out of your work, and I'm stoked that a few of my pieces were able to return the favor. :)

    Carol Reid – May 15, 2011

    Meg, thanks for the thumbs up on my story, I appreciate it!

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – May 15, 2011

    meg, thanks for your 'oh my' and 'yes' on phantom sister. anytime you swing by to read my words, i feel honored and giddy! peace...

    Fred Osuna – May 14, 2011

    Hi, Meg! Thanks for reading "Clockwork" and leaving such a kind (you) and much-appreciated (by me) comment.

    Roberta – May 14, 2011

    Thank you for that comment on 'White' !

    J. Mykell Collinz – May 14, 2011

    Hi, Meg. Thanks for reading 'Raw Goods.' Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Mark Reep – May 14, 2011

    Hi Meg, thanks for reading and commenting on House Rabbit. Was a fun little piece to write, glad you enjoyed!

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 14, 2011

    thanks much for readin' and likin' my latest!

    Greg Davis – May 13, 2011

    Hi Meg! Thanks for your suggestions on "Oaxaca Dreamland." I am going to try to flesh that story out some more and may indeed drop the fragments you mentioned in order to increase the tension in the story. Thanks again for your close reading and detailed feedback!

    James Lloyd Davis – May 13, 2011

    Meg, your comment on "The complete, unabridged contents of an abandoned diary found in Memphis" was happily received. Thanks!

    Bill Yarrow – May 13, 2011

    Thanks, Meg. Glad you liked "8 New Ways of Looking at Waffles."

    Rabbit Angstrom – May 13, 2011

    Meg, thank you for the fav and thoughtful comment on the ribbons micro, I truly apreciate your eyes on my writing, thank you again!

    PEace, Amy

    Jim V – May 13, 2011

    Megzy, thanks for the love on "Staying," and I'm loving you right back.

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – May 08, 2011

    Meg, thanks bunches for the xoxo fave on Unintended Consequences. And I am digging the new pic. Just ordered dsr -- yippee! Peace...

    Jules Archer – May 07, 2011

    Meg! Thanks for the comments on Bleached. I say this all the time but you inspire me and any feedback from you is gold. XO.

    Nicolette Wong – May 07, 2011

    thanks for reading 'to the trees'! much appreciated.

    Andrew Stancek – May 06, 2011

    Meg, thanks for the comment on "Earth's the Right Place for Love". I am so much enjoying your stories in Damn Sure Right.

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 05, 2011

    hi Meg, thanks for commentin' on Off The Map...yer praise rings my bells

    Roberta – May 05, 2011

    thanks very much for the comment on 'the arms of the forest.' 'delightful' is a wonderful compliment on it.

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – May 05, 2011

    Thanks so much Meg! I actually did one of your promos from UFR. It was a lot of fun to do...!

    Bill Yarrow – May 05, 2011

    Glad you liked "Semi Tiresias." Thanks for commenting, Meg.

    Neil Serven – May 05, 2011

    Meg—thanks so much for your kind words & fave for “The Wreck of Me.” They mean a lot and I’m glad you liked it.

    David Ackley – May 04, 2011

    Thanks very much, Meg, for the kind words for "Intervals," so pleased that it struck you favorably.

    Bill Yarrow – May 03, 2011

    Thanks for liking "Addictions," Meg. Always love hearing from you!

    M.H. – May 02, 2011

    Thank you so much, Meg, for your nice words on "The Last Swim" - I'm glad you liked it!

    Jane Flett – Apr 29, 2011

    Oh, thanks! Also, you made me wake up thinking of cowboys.

    M – Apr 22, 2011

    Meg: You are just too cool for words. I am a big, big fan. Thank you for reading flower boat and for your excellent comment.

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 15, 2011

    Thanks, Meg! Glad you liked "The Truth Will Out," crazy piece as it is.

    Jerry Ratch – Apr 14, 2011

    Thanks for the fave, Meg! Much appreciated!

    Rebecca Coffey – Apr 10, 2011

    Meg, May is fine for the interview. It'll be fun! Whenever.

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 09, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on "Disappearing Ink," Meg!

    M – Apr 09, 2011

    Thank you so much for your generous remark and fave of alys, Meg. The presence of your comment on this little piece warms my heart.

    Soon to be deleted – Apr 08, 2011

    Thanks for reading the Reginald letter :D

    Brendan McKennedy – Apr 05, 2011

    Thank you Meg for your really nice comments and the fave on "Where You Lay Your Dreams"!

    M.H. – Apr 05, 2011

    Hi Meg,
    A big, big thank you for your nice words on "Christina Heppel" :)!!

    Jules Archer – Mar 30, 2011

    Meg - as always - thank you for reading another one of my stories. So glad you liked "Hog Heaven". XO.

    Pamela J. Parker – Mar 29, 2011

    Many thanks for the kind words on "Waiting." Appreciate them!

    David Ackley – Mar 28, 2011

    Meg, thanks for the kind words for "Tortillas," very heartening indeed.

    M – Mar 28, 2011

    Thank you for your very generous remarks on what I wanted in 1968. They meant a lot! Hope you are well.

    Mark Reep – Mar 27, 2011

    Hi Meg, thanks for the invite, joined, sent, happy :)

    Mark Reep – Mar 16, 2011

    Hi Meg, glad you liked Snowdick :) Thanks very much!

    Darryl Price – Mar 14, 2011

    Just wanted to say how much I love THAT NEW PICTURE!

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Mar 13, 2011

    Hi Meg! I am thrilled that you like Intricacies. Thanks so much for commenting and favoriting.

    Jules Archer – Mar 13, 2011

    Meg - thanks for the lovely comments on Health Code! I am so honored to have you as a reader. XO

    Roberta – Mar 11, 2011

    Thanks lots for the lovely comment on 'Crackle!'

    Keith U. – Mar 09, 2011

    Damn, Meg, thank you. Wow, just when I thought I wasn't going to be more flattered, POW - Meg reads and comments and favs "1991." Meg icing on the Fictionaut membership cake. :)

    J. Mykell Collinz – Mar 08, 2011

    Hi, Meg. Thanks for reading '1965, what I wanted-2.' Your comments are greatly appreciated.

    David Ackley – Mar 08, 2011

    Thanks Meg for the comment on 2K. When your comments appear I know I'm on the right track.

    Lynn Beighley – Mar 08, 2011

    Thank you for the kind words, Meg. And I did join, I did.

    Brendan McKennedy – Mar 07, 2011

    Oh, wow -- thank you Meg. For the fave & and the nice comment. Your story disappeared just as I posted my comment, so I'm glad you got it.

    Jason McCormick – Mar 05, 2011

    Thanks, Meg, for reading my story about pirates. I still laugh at my own joke when I read that line about Captain Ron.

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 23, 2011

    Thanks, kind Meg, for what you wrote about "Sermon of Lilac."

    Jules Archer – Feb 20, 2011

    Ok, Meg, you seriously slay me with your comments. I so appreciate you giving "Liplorn" a read. XO.

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Feb 18, 2011

    Meg, thanks very much for reading "Busride"! ...and your super kind comments.

    Soon to be deleted – Feb 18, 2011

    Most welcome, Meg :)

    Susan Gibb – Feb 17, 2011

    Hi Meg, thanks for the invite but I don't have any stories here with 25+ faves! Must've been Peg Mokrass that sent it! ;)

    M – Feb 13, 2011

    Thank you for your very nice comments on ash, Meg. They mean a lot to me. Have a great Sunday/Valentine's!

    Gary Percesepe – Feb 13, 2011

    i think marcus wants to do another penis story in the worst way because, well, why not? and becasue penis is such a hilarious word. like the ding an sich, it prompts mirth

    Lacey N. Dunham – Feb 09, 2011

    Hi Meg - Thanks for your comment on "Safa's Hair." It took a long time for me to settle into the second person on the piece but when I finally made the decision, many of the other details fell into place.

    Ramon Collins – Feb 08, 2011

    Thanks for reading and commenting on OVER EASY. You are adorable and enchanting -- you've rekindled my school boy crush.

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 07, 2011

    Great comment on "Wahrheit und Dichtung." Thanks, Meg!

    Carol Reid – Feb 07, 2011

    Meg, thanks very much for reading "Nelson Street" and the kind comment!

    Catherine Davis – Jan 26, 2011

    Meg, thank you, most generous soul. So happy when you read and like. Appreciate your fave on "The Taming" very much.

    Mark Reep – Jan 18, 2011

    Hi Meg, thanks for faving Last Bell, and for the very kind words. Much appreciated!

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 15, 2011

    Hi, Meg. Thanks for reading ' Z Boson with a Hardron.' I appreciate your wonderful comment.

    James Lloyd Davis – Jan 15, 2011

    Thanks so much for the fave and the lovely comment on "Foreplay." You always make my day whenever you stop by to read.

    M.H. – Jan 12, 2011

    Hi Meg - Thanks for your feedback on "The Forest" - it IS definitely helpful!!

    Cynthia Hawkins – Jan 10, 2011

    Thanks Meg!

    Roberta – Jan 09, 2011

    Thanks so much for the comment on 'Source!'

    Carol Reid – Jan 08, 2011

    Meg, thanks for liking my story!

    Jack Ales-Oruam – Jan 07, 2011

    Thank you so much for the comment and the fave!!

    John Wentworth Chapin – Jan 07, 2011

    Thanks so much for the kind words on A Speck of Light, Meg. Most appreciated!

    Sara – Jan 07, 2011

    Hi Meg, So nice of you to read Whipping Post. Thank you!

    Kim Conklin – Jan 06, 2011

    Thanks for the very kind words on Unheard, Meg. I appreciate the read and your thoughts.

    Walter Bjorkman – Jan 06, 2011

    Meg - thanks for the comment on 'why do I" - Since I was combining Brooklyn buffoonery with California chic,I set it about half-way between. Your prompts are getting addictive, I need to start going to bed before you post them.

    Frank Vander Rasky – Jan 06, 2011

    Yes indeed, Meg, you rock! Many thanks for the read and your comments on “Oh, Fish Eggs!” Much appreciated.

    Jane Hammons – Jan 06, 2011

    always appreciate the read, meg

    Kilean Kennedy – Jan 06, 2011

    Hi, Meg. Thanks a ton for your comments on my story "Summer Hits". Truly appreciated. And I look forward to reading your work on here.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 05, 2011

    Hi, Mag. Thanks for reading 'Piece of Mind.' I appreciate your comment.

    Susan Tepper – Jan 05, 2011

    Meg, you are a sweetie, thanks for what you wrote on "east to west"and am so looking fwd to your new book! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Cheryl Snell – Jan 04, 2011

    Thanks for the fav and generous comments on Hindsight. You rock!

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Jan 04, 2011

    Hi Meg,

    Always appreciate you reading my work, thanks again!

    James Lloyd Davis – Jan 04, 2011

    Thank you so much for the fave and the generous comment on "Forensics 101."

    Jules Archer – Jan 04, 2011

    Wow, scaring Meg Pokrass...good or bad? ;) Thanks so much for the kind comment on I Like It. It's an honor having you as a fan.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Jan 04, 2011

    Hi, Meg. Thanks for reading 'I'll be Home for Christmas-2.' I'm glad you enjoyed the fun. I appreciate your helpful comment.

    Danny Goodman – Jan 03, 2011

    Thank you so much, Meg, for your kind words on "Girl..." It's very generous of you. The piece is still looking for a home, so the encouragement was a nice boost! Looking forward to more work from you.

    Larry Strattner – Jan 03, 2011

    Thanks for your encouragement on A Life, Meg. Lifts up my day. LS

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 03, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on "Great Moments in Blindness," Meg. Always appreciate your reads.

    Speaking of reads, what happened to all of your stories on Fictionaut?

    Roberta – Jan 02, 2011

    Thank you for the lovely comment on 'Tasted Like Apples,' Meg. It was fun trying to manage to get all the prompt-words in.

    Catherine Davis – Jan 02, 2011

    Sweetheart, you. Thanks. Here, hear: cheers to this New Year! yeah? yeah? Yeah!

    Frank Vander Rasky – Dec 26, 2010

    Meg, thank you for your generous comments on my interdenominational story “The Boy who killed Christ.” Much appreciated! Wishing you a serene holiday season, Frank.

    Bill Yarrow – Dec 22, 2010

    Meg, any time you comment is the perfect time. Thanks for reading and liking "The Proud Accounting."

    James Lloyd Davis – Dec 19, 2010

    Thank you, ma'am, for the fave and the comments on "Over the rainbow blues." I know it's probably not a good idea for people to encourage me in my anachrocentricities, but damn it ... it feels so good when they do.

    Claire King – Dec 17, 2010

    Meg, I'm late as usual, but thank you so much for your comment on It Stops, I always love to hear from you. Hope you have very happy holidays xx

    Catherine Davis – Dec 17, 2010

    Makey my day, you liking my micro X. Thank you, Meg.

    Katherine Nabity – Dec 16, 2010

    Thank you for the comment on Fav on "Bouncy with Anticipation." Much appreciated.

    W.F. Lantry – Dec 15, 2010

    Thanks for the fav on Transference!!

    Fred Osuna – Dec 13, 2010

    Howdy, Meg! Thanks for reading and commenting on "le Misérable." I greatly appreciate that.

    Kim Conklin – Dec 13, 2010

    Thanks for the very kind words and the fave on A Question of Choice, Meg! I really appreciate it.

    Angela Kubinec – Dec 13, 2010

    Meg, thanks for reading about my robe. I also have a carload of water bottles if you are thirsty.

    Cherise Wolas – Dec 13, 2010

    Meg, sorry for the belated thanks, but thank you for loving Ping Pong!

    James Robison – Dec 12, 2010

    I am rewarded for a simple opinion with a bright blue dragonfly. Lovely world, this is.

    Catherine Davis – Dec 12, 2010

    Thank you, Meg. You are so generous, truly. I am amazed that you have so much to give as a reader, prolific écritrix that you yourself are!

    Meg Worden – Dec 11, 2010

    Good to be here, Meg. Can't wait to read your book.

    Julie Innis – Dec 11, 2010

    I am very PRO-you, my dear friend! Thank you.

    Jules Archer – Dec 11, 2010

    Meg - thank you for reading my poem "Help Me Own You". Your support means a lot and I SO appreciate any feedback from you.

    Susan Tepper – Dec 10, 2010

    Meg thanks so much for "body" very much appreciated!

    Marcus Speh – Dec 10, 2010

    hey, thanks for commenting on my hugeness. i see your profile pic is the new book...which i want to have, signed and all, your own hugeness. cheers from snowed under berlin!

    Mark Sutz – Dec 10, 2010

    meg, thanks so much for the readings. 'old scars' remains unpublished by over twenty journals. it's still out at bound off and hayden's ferry review but i'm not holding my breath.

    Catherine Davis – Dec 09, 2010

    Meg, thank you for good words on "We of the Paper-doll Brigade." 2 kind, U, rock star that you are, rocketing! I fave faves by you.

    M – Dec 06, 2010

    Thank you for your awesome and generous comments about god's man and my work more generally. So sweet of you, Meg! And I'm so glad you like. So looking forward to my damn sure right, hell's yeah! -- Q

    kim teeple – Dec 05, 2010

    Hi Meg! Thank you for reading and your hugely generous comments! Greatly appreciated!

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Dec 05, 2010

    Meg, I appreciate your fave & comments on the Rockwell piece. It's always a challenge to entertain Meg Pokrass! (meaning because you're so witty...)

    kim teeple – Dec 03, 2010

    Hey, Meg, I'm not sure how the "wall" thing works I wanted to be sure and say hello! I said hi on my profile thing but I don't know if that shows up for you, so...just wanted to say hi and I look forward to reading your stories here!

    Tawnysha Greene – Dec 02, 2010

    Thank you so much for the invite, Meg!

    Christian Bell – Dec 01, 2010

    Meg, thank you for your comments on Raging Life!

    Cherise Wolas – Nov 28, 2010

    Meg, thank you kindly for your great comments on Gin And A Cowboy! So appreciated. I've cut more since I originally posted it, been fun getting to the true bones of this story. As always, your feedback is most welcomed!

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 27, 2010

    Thank you, Meg. Thanks for commenting on "Dad and the Red Light." I always treasure your comments.

    Kathy Fish – Nov 27, 2010

    Appreciate the lovely comments for "Repair Man" Meg!

    M – Nov 27, 2010

    I so appreciate your fave of and comments on dark deer Meg. So liked "archetypal story made fresh." And the rest too. Means tons. Have a great weekend. -- Q

    Susan Tepper – Nov 27, 2010

    Meg thanks a million for your wonderful words on my poem White. I'm waiting for you to come east and do my headshot--

    Sian Barbara Allen – Nov 27, 2010

    since my e-mail is a mess this is a good way to communicate. I updated things and as you know posted Polly. I have another good one to post but it has not been published yet. The one I sent last year.

    Jules Archer – Nov 26, 2010

    Meg - thanks for commenting on "Lay on Me". Always love hearing your feedback!

    Kristen Tsetsi – Nov 26, 2010

    Thanks for reading "There's Love, and there's Marriage," Meg!

    Jo Deurbrouck – Nov 21, 2010

    Hey, thanks for taking the time to look again. Isn't it strange, the different faces a story can have for different people? I must be trying to see a face that isn't there. You, maybe, are seeing one that is.

    W.F. Lantry – Nov 21, 2010


    Thanks for your note about Changeling!

    Jo Deurbrouck – Nov 21, 2010

    Thanks for your compliment about my flash piece, "Nemesis." That one bugs me and I'm not sure why. Any suggestions?

    Mark Reep – Nov 18, 2010

    Meg, thanks so much for your comments on 'String Money.' Greatly appreciated and especially meaningful coming from you.
    All best.

    Jules Archer – Nov 18, 2010

    Meg- love your piece at Blue 5th. The last line rocks.

    Pamela J. Parker – Nov 17, 2010

    Thanks so much for your comments - you made my day. Glad you enjoyed Chipping Granite.

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Nov 17, 2010

    Thanks Meg, you just cheered me up! Maybe now I'll actually go and work on my novel(s)–the thousands that are lying about in drawers.

    Susan Tepper – Nov 16, 2010

    Meg-- & Hugs back to you: Damn sure right!

    M – Nov 16, 2010

    Thank you for your generous remarks about after amelia, Meg. I very much appreciate them. -- Q

    ABxx – Nov 16, 2010

    Thanks so much for the "Fav" and commentary on "Amahle and I", Meg.

    Jerry Ratch – Nov 12, 2010

    Thank you so much, Meg!

    W.F. Lantry – Nov 12, 2010


    Thanks for your kind words about "Escape." It feels like a miracle to have discovered this site: I've never found such generous readers.

    By the way, it turns out we were in Istanbul together, in the Spring. Issue 17?



    Kim Conklin – Nov 12, 2010

    Thanks for the great comment and fave on Rats, Meg. I'm so glad you liked the story!

    Julie Innis – Nov 11, 2010

    xoxo, Fly.

    M.H. – Nov 09, 2010

    Hi Meg,
    Thanks so much for reading & commenting on "She hadn't wanted one" - I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Andrew Roe – Nov 09, 2010

    Dearest Meg: Thanks so much for the warm, wonderful comment about "Kramer vs. Kramer." You're always able to articulate what my stories are "about" better than me.

    Mark Reep – Nov 09, 2010

    Meg, thanks for your comments on No Adjectives. Much appreciated.

    James Lloyd Davis – Nov 08, 2010

    Nice boots.

    James Lloyd Davis – Nov 08, 2010

    Meg, thank you for the fave and your insanely incredible comment on "Sand."

    Cherise Wolas – Nov 08, 2010

    Hey there, Ms Meg, thank you kindly for your succinctly terrific comments on Unpacking Sentences and for the star!

    Angela Kubinec – Nov 08, 2010

    Meg, thanks for commenting on "Getting Better". I'm still trying to decide whether to keep or cut....

    J. Mykell Collinz – Nov 05, 2010

    Hi, Meg. Thanks for reading 'Fifty Five Words or Less.' I appreciate your iterating comment.

    David Abrams – Nov 05, 2010

    Thanks so much for reading and commenting on "A Little Bit of Everything." Meant the world to me (or at least several good-sized continents).

    Sara – Oct 30, 2010

    Thanks so much for your rocking note, BLIP goddess! You're doing amazing amazing work at the site -- and I really appreciate your taking the time out to read.

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 29, 2010

    You'd think I could spell the title of my own poem right!

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 29, 2010

    Meg, thanks for reading, commenting on, and faving "Florisd Psychosis." Always love your comments and humbled by your praise.

    Julie Ann Weinstein – Oct 28, 2010

    Hi Meg,
    Oh what a fun writer prompt you shared on Facebook. I wound up writing a very weird flash using 98% of the words.

    Julie Innis – Oct 28, 2010

    Yeah, Lovelace is good - hope my comment didn't come across as snarking him because I'm pretty sure he can kick my ass. xoxo, Shorty.

    Larry Strattner – Oct 24, 2010

    Since you are working on Dog Park Moments it struck me you might enjoy "The Wolf in the Parlor" - Franklin. A fascinating "scientific" exploration of the dog/human relationship. I read dog books all the time and found this unlike any other.

    S.H. Gall – Oct 22, 2010

    Oh, just noticed your thanks for the "Drunk Elephant" fave... you're welcome. And I do regret my cruel assessment of that other piece on facebook. You're still one of my favorite flash writers and definitely my favorite editor. Take care.

    David Ackley – Oct 21, 2010

    Thanks, Meg, it's great to have your approval of my story.

    Shikhandin – Oct 19, 2010

    Hi Meg,

    Good to be in Fictionaut, great to find you here.



    Diane Becker – Oct 15, 2010

    Thanks for your comment on Down to Earth! Guess what? Naughty Naughty arrived today. Wonderful ...

    Kim Conklin – Oct 15, 2010

    Hi Meg! Thanks so much for the comment and fave on 4P28. It meant a lot. I'm so glad you liked the story.

    M – Oct 13, 2010

    Meg - Thank you so much for reading and commenting on "while we sleep." I would not have thought to make it a micro and I love getting ideas like that. I look forward to reading your work. -- Q

    Bill Yarrow – Oct 12, 2010

    Hi, Meg. Glad you liked the Orange Julius poem. Thanks for commenting. Fun one to write.

    Jules Archer – Oct 10, 2010

    Meg, thank you for commenting and reading in "the loudest loud". Your feedback gives me chills.

    Carol Reid – Oct 09, 2010

    Meg, thank you for your kind comment on my story!

    J.B. Lacombe – Oct 06, 2010

    Meg, thank you for your comment on "Map to the Heart." Very nice to hear positive feedback from you --- I'm a big fan of your writing!

    Shelagh Power-Chopra – Oct 05, 2010

    No! Though I miss it there! The perfect city. I'm on cape cod now so at least I get an ocean I can swim in ;) lived there in the early '90s, lower nob hill and how I miss the tenderloin as well!

    Dean H. Wild – Oct 02, 2010

    Meg, very flattered and humbled by your last comment. thank you!

    Dean H. Wild – Oct 02, 2010

    Thank you Meg for the lovely comments on Ascension. Much appreciated!

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 30, 2010

    Thank you for reading Peace of Mind. I'm very pleased that you thought it was "so damn good." Now, to find someone to publish it.

    Daniel Passamaneck – Sep 30, 2010

    Meg, my new friend, it was a pleasure to hear from you. I did wander over to the SF writer's group page here and saw that the reading had been scheduled - naturally, at a time and day when I will just not be able to make it work. I've got early and very energetic days saturday and sunday and damned if I'll let my first impression to such an esteemed cadre of writers be that of a catatonic dustbunny (by no mean coincidence, The Catatonic DustBunnies is the name of my nascent post-punk pre-pop band). My full apologies are on the group page. Meantime, per your 9/01 self-posted comment, I think in polite conversation it's called "interior decorating." But I think some pretty obtuse stuff sometimes.

    Johnny Dantonio – Sep 27, 2010

    Hi Meg! Thanks for reading and commenting on Calluses ... I'm pretty new to Fictionaut, but I love interacting with other writers, so your comment means a lot!

    Erika Dreifus – Sep 25, 2010

    Hi, Meg. Thank you so much for the invitation. I'm glad to be here! I think someone offered to invite me a long time ago, but I didn't take him up on the offer. Better late than never!

    M.H. – Sep 23, 2010

    Hi Meg - Thanks so much for faving "Origin" - I'm thrilled you liked it!

    Cherise Wolas – Sep 21, 2010

    Meg, thank you for your fabulous comments and the fave on Sisters At The Lake. Your words are greatly, greatly appreciated!

    Paula Ray – Sep 20, 2010

    Hi, Meg - good to see you here. Thanks for the kind words on Turtle Summer and for faving the story.

    J. Mykell Collinz – Sep 18, 2010

    Hi, Meg. Thanks for reading 'Unfit-V.' I very much appreciate your encouraging comment.

    James Lloyd Davis – Sep 17, 2010

    Thanks for the read and the comments on "The man who killed Molly Bloom - Act II." I took your suggestion about the last line. You were right.

    stephen hastings-king – Sep 16, 2010

    hi meg---thanks for reading and commenting on "the re-enactments" and "antenna." i'm still getting my sea legs beneath me here. lovely to sort of meet you.

    Cynthia Hawkins – Sep 15, 2010

    Many thanks for your comments on "Three Houses Down." Much appreciated!

    Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 15, 2010

    Thank you for reading Dark Water. So happy you liked it.

    Kim Conklin – Sep 14, 2010

    Thanks for the comment on Responsible, Meg! I appreciate the read.

    Timothy Raymond – Sep 13, 2010

    hi meg! thanks for the invite. and thanks again for letting our class chat with you. it was so helpful (i love your stories).

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 13, 2010

    Thanks, Meg, for reading and commenting on "Black Squirrel Poem." So glad you liked it.

    Roberta – Sep 12, 2010

    Thanks so much for the comment on 'Meditations,' Meg.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 11, 2010

    Love when you stop by, Meg. Thanks for the lovely comment on "Bone Density."

    Kate Brown – Sep 11, 2010

    My God you're quick, Meg. Thanks!

    Kate Brown – Sep 10, 2010

    Thanks for your lovely comments on 'Swimming Pool', Meg.

    Frank Vander Rasky – Sep 09, 2010

    Meg, thanks so much for your extremely generous comment on “We Have Eskimo Bars!” What you had to say about my comedic piece really put the zing in my day, and warmed my igloo. Thanks also for your fave. Much appreciated!

    Jules Archer – Sep 09, 2010

    Ah, Meg. You have given me the inspirational words so that I will now own my poetry! But seriously, I really, really appreciate you reading and your feedback. As always thank you!

    Kate Brown – Sep 07, 2010

    My pleasure, Meg. 'Twas a great read.

    Ginnah Howard – Sep 05, 2010

    Meg, thanks for the Wow on "Ring, Ring, Ring." I just read your "The Serious Writer and her Pussy." Many laughs out loud, so of course I'll be looking for Damn Sure Right in February. Oh to be able to write flash fiction.

    Mark Krieger – Sep 04, 2010

    hey meg, quick question. what is the process for getting a story eligible for the weekly 5 pick? i have some published stuff to submit on my wall, not my greatest stuff by any means. the newer material i have coming out in Narrative and Tampa Review and Shamballha Sun are by far better than what i have posted as of now. plus, people don't like reading anything on here that isn't under 500 words it seems in the Fictionnaut/net'isonian world, which my stories never fall into. guess i'm old fashioned.

    hey, u live in San Fransico. You might know Tom Jenks. He runs Narrative out there. He's a nice guy.


    Cynthia Hawkins – Sep 04, 2010

    I think "it rocks off the page" is the best comment I could ever hope for. On anything. Many thanks!

    Sam Rasnake – Sep 03, 2010

    Right back at you -

    Nat Akin – Sep 02, 2010


    Congrats on getting onboard with Rick Barthelme. That's huge. Much luck with your new editorship there.


    Michelle Elvy – Sep 01, 2010

    thanks, Meg, for the comment on Time to Rest! Much appreciated!

    Kristen Tsetsi – Aug 14, 2010

    I'm so late in doing this, but thank you for stopping by to read "Under Perfect Conditions" and "Helen O" - and for leaving such wonderful comments. :)

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 30, 2010

    Thanks, Meg, for the comment on "The Solace of Olives." We take solace wherever we can find it, right? Cheers!

    Kim Conklin – Jul 29, 2010

    Nice to meet you here! And if you decide to go for the column, sign me up as a regular reader!

    James Lloyd Davis – Jul 29, 2010

    Dear Peg,

    My wife keeps buying me these Ralph Lauren knit shirts in outrageous colors with that ridiculous, oversized polo logo. Now she's hidden all my black t-shirts, even the one with the really neat Rhodesian Light Infantry shield emblazoned on the pocket.

    What should I do?

    Yours truly,

    Shirtless in Scarsdale

    Ramon Collins – Jul 28, 2010

    ". . . that took me somewhere and held me."

    DRAT! You're on to my writing ploy, Meg. That's what I wanted to do, for ever so long. Thanks for that particular comment on POSEY'S POND.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 27, 2010

    Meg, Thanks for the attention you gave to "I Wonder About the Trees." It's such an odd piece. I'm glad it touched you.

    Mark Sutz – Jul 26, 2010

    thanks for the comment on 'the nurse', meg. still remains unpublished but it was a fun one to write.

    Jack Swenson – Jul 26, 2010

    You. Thanks for your thumbs up review of "Cats." I have heard that there are several felines at your house. Plus a dog, several rats, and a lizard. Is this true?

    Michelle Elvy – Jul 25, 2010

    Thanks for your wonderful comment on Bedtime Story, Meg! nice seeing you here again!

    Susan Tepper – Jul 23, 2010

    Meg, dear heart, thanks so much for All Credit Rescinded

    Jack Swenson – Jul 19, 2010

    Meg, your comment about my story "Evil Humor" reads like a little poem. Thank you so much!

    Jack Swenson – Jul 19, 2010

    Meg, I'm not weird. I'm a model of sanity in a weird world. See my latest post. But thank you for the kudos!

    Jack Swenson – Jul 08, 2010

    Meg, Oh, no! I didn't mean to dunk you!

    Sara – Jul 07, 2010

    meg thank you so much. you're my total rockstar.

    Carol Reid – Jul 06, 2010

    Good of you to read and comment on my story, Meg. Thanks!

    Jack Swenson – Jul 06, 2010

    Meg, I'm so glad you found "Extracurricular" likeyable.

    Jack Swenson – Jul 06, 2010

    Meg, I'm so glad you found "Extracurricular" likeyable.

    Jack Swenson – Jul 05, 2010

    Meg, well I likey that you likey.

    Jules Archer – Jul 05, 2010

    Hi Meg-
    Thank you for reading and commenting on "Documents Carcasses". Much appreciated!

    Jules Archer – Jul 05, 2010

    Hi Meg-
    I just want to tell you how much I admire your work. While I'm sure you hear it all the's another comment for your wall. :)

    Susan Tepper – Jun 25, 2010

    Meg, Congrats to you & Jack on your upcoming book collaboration! Two of my fav flash writers. I'm sure it will be a smash!

    Jack Swenson – Jun 25, 2010

    Meg, Thanks once again for your support and encouragement. I have learned so much from you. Glad you liked "Easy Rider."

    George LaCas – Jun 24, 2010

    Strange and funny can also be serious, I think. Humor makes things stick in the reader's mind, right? Whereas some so-called "serious" fiction may be promptly forgotten. Who knows? I've been writing some flash lately, esp after staying up till dawn when things look weird and funny. I'm no expert on flash, but for me inspiration takes over, I see the story/scene whole, and my own intentions become irrelevant. If I even have any.

    M.H. – Jun 14, 2010

    Hi Meg - Thanks so much for reading & commenting on "Flotation Device" - I'm thrilled you liked it :)

    Mark Reep – Jun 14, 2010

    Hi Meg- The JMWW interview was great. Believe I may have posted a fb comment on someone's link but just wanted to say thanks again for being so open about both the experience and the work. "the things he thought would help" has stayed with me, and will.

    Very glad you enjoyed 'A Woman Walks Into A Bar'. Your comments and fav are exciting and encouraging- Especially coming from someone
    whose work I admire as much as I do yours.

    Thanks again, Meg, and all best.

    Cherise Wolas – Jun 14, 2010

    I enjoyed the interview you gave on JMWW-Origins!

    Jack Swenson – Jun 13, 2010

    Meg, After I read your comment about "Naked Ladies," I climbed on the roof and shouted: "Made it, Ma! Top of the World!" Thank you, thank you.

    Robert Vaughan – Jun 12, 2010

    Thanks for being my buddy (#1) and for recently fav'ing Shades of Gray (#2). And, of course, with goes without saying, but your writing kicks some serious A-S-S. (#3).

    George LaCas – Jun 08, 2010

    Thanks again, Meg, for your great comments on "Hotel Chelsea Scene 2" ... What would you think about a novel/linked stories kind of thing, that's all like Hotel Chelsea, swinging back and forth in time to paint the narrator?

    George LaCas – Jun 08, 2010

    The wait is over. Scene 2 is posted.

    Jack Swenson – Jun 08, 2010

    Current favs? Me? I am thrilled!

    George LaCas – Jun 08, 2010

    Meg, "Hotel Chelsea" just might turn into a monster. Thanks for the Fav, and I'm glad you liked it.

    Sara – Jun 03, 2010

    and now i've got "kumquat soda" set to the tune of kung fu fighting. what's wrong with me?

    George LaCas – May 31, 2010

    And thanks for your enthusiasm about "Peanut Time"!

    George LaCas – May 31, 2010

    Thank you, Meg, for your comment about "Back in the Shower," and I'm glad you liked it :-)

    Bill Yarrow – May 28, 2010

    Hi, Meg! Thanks so much for the comment on "In the Pastel City." Really interesting idea to end it as you suggest. Always interested in radical paths. Thanks for reading.
    P.S. Love all the exciting animation you're doing. You've inspired me!

    Jack Swenson – May 27, 2010

    Meg, Thank you for the thumbs up for my falling out of bed story. And for the idea of reading it backwards!

    Matthew A. Hamilton – May 26, 2010

    Glad you enjoyed Basenji. Thank you for reading.

    Michelle Elvy – May 25, 2010

    Meg! thanks for your thumbs up on Elephant! And for the prompt in the first place! Elephants jumping or not jumping lumbered around in my head for a day or so, it was going to be all comedy and farce, and then this spilled out when I got down to it. So thank you for making something already so special to me (oh elephants!) find expression here.

    Christian Bell – May 24, 2010

    Meg, thanks for reading and commenting on my not-a-George-Saunders piece. Much appreciated!

    Sara – May 24, 2010

    Meg, Thanks so much for reading and commenting on Fallen Souffle. You made my day!

    Martha Williams – May 24, 2010

    Meg, thank you so much for your kind comment on Hummingbird - and of course for the prompt - it's all thanks to you! M

    James Lloyd Davis – May 23, 2010

    Crypticulous = enigmatically superb. Your work apparently requires the development of a comprehensive new subset of superlatives. But fear not, ma'am, we have the technology.

    Stephanie Bobo – May 23, 2010

    Many thanks, Meg, for your comments and the fave on "Lost in Transit"--always appreciated, and I'm glad you liked the poem!

    Johnsienoel – May 22, 2010

    Meg - thank you for the triple greats on the wacky Alpaca!

    Cherise Wolas – May 19, 2010

    Terrific interview with Jack Swenson. It's wonderful to get to know other writers here in more depth!

    Keith U. – May 16, 2010

    Thank you for inviting me to join your new "Unpublished" group! Even if you sent invites to all your contacts, I'm still flattered!

    Jack Swenson – May 14, 2010

    Meg, You always say such nice things about my stories. I'm glad you liked "Black Orchids." Thanks so much.

    Stephanie Bobo – May 13, 2010

    Many thanks, Meg, for loving on "My Thumbs"!

    R. A. Allen – May 09, 2010

    Just read "Kumuat Soda." Hilarious.

    Michelle Elvy – May 08, 2010

    thanks, Meg, for your enthusiastic comment on the details in Routine. I appreciate you reading it so closely!

    Carol Reid – May 08, 2010

    Hi Meg,

    Thank you for the read and the comment--so glad to hear you liked the Deer Collage story!

    Myra King – May 08, 2010

    Thanks Meg, hugs and love 2 u 2.

    Jack Swenson – May 06, 2010

    Meg, Hiya, hiya. Thanks for reading and commenting on "Secrets." You are so busy!

    Bill Yarrow – May 04, 2010

    Thanks, Meg, for your comments on "Why Go Outside?"

    Bill Yarrow – May 04, 2010

    My pleasure, Meg.

    Jack Swenson – May 02, 2010

    Meg, I'm so glad you liked my "old codgers" story. Good to be in touch again! I have been neglecting Facebook, I'm afraid. I HAVE to pay a visit today. I'll put it at the top of my list. Well, no; lunch and a nap come first.

    Chalon Emmons – May 02, 2010

    Thanks, Meg, for reading and commenting on "Color Wheel." It's great to have such an enthusiastic endorsement, whatever it is!

    Martha Williams – May 02, 2010

    Thank you, Meg, for reading Spill - your comments mean a lot to me. Martha

    Myra King – May 02, 2010

    Thanks, Meg.

    Matthew A. Hamilton – May 01, 2010

    Thank you for reading and commenting on My Rice Krispies Treat. I hope I pasted it correctly on FB.

    Bill Yarrow – May 01, 2010

    Thanks, Meg!

    Linda Simoni-Wastila – Apr 25, 2010

    Thank you for your kind words, Meg. Made my week. Really. Peace...

    Alice Harper – Apr 23, 2010

    That's funny because after I asked you for more, I found 'The Serious Writer and her Pussy'! So my wish came true. Thanks and nice to meet you.

    Myra King – Apr 21, 2010

    Thank you Meg, for your clever words about cake tin rusted. As you know I really enjoy your writing too.

    Bonnie ZoBell – Apr 21, 2010

    Thanks so much for your wonderful words about "Real Estate," Meg. Thanks for teaching me how to play!

    J. Mykell Collinz – Apr 19, 2010

    Thanks for commenting on Lover Come Back. I'm new here and yours was my first comment. I'm really glad you liked. But I'm so unsure of what to publish here that I deleted it before I noticed the e-mail informing me of your comment. I've added on to Lover Come Back and it gets sexually graphic. I'm not sure if it belongs here, or anywhere. Maybe I'll post it at the WordPress site untill I have a better idea of what to publish here. But I'm sorry I deleted the first part now.

    Jerry Ratch – Apr 17, 2010

    Thank you, Meg! Appreciate the comment and fav.

    Jane Hammons – Apr 16, 2010

    Thanks for faveing Pleiku Jacket. I've been thinking about swimming pools ever since reading your Villa Monterey. Something about that blue.

    Meg Pokrass – Apr 16, 2010

    Wow, thank you David. I AM happy with it. I really am, and that is a good feeling. Thank you so much!

    Meg Pokrass – Apr 16, 2010

    Wow, thank you David. I AM happy with it. I really am, and that is a good feeling. Thank you so much!

    David Erlewine – Apr 16, 2010

    I just read my favorite Meg P story ever, at Necessary Fiction. My God, you are getting better.

    Johnsienoel – Apr 16, 2010

    Looking forward to the yAWP prompts...if I can keep up! Ha!

    Martha Williams – Apr 09, 2010

    Hi, Meg, thank you so much for the invitation - this place is awesome. Martha

    M.H. – Apr 06, 2010

    You are MORE than welcome, Meg. It's an absolute joy to read your work :)

    Elijah Mac Jenkins – Mar 31, 2010

    I don't know how I feel about the term "wall masturbation."

    Foster Trecost – Mar 31, 2010

    Hi Meg, thanks for the read - I'm glad you liked Eight States Away, and thanks for letting me know, too.

    Jason McCormick – Mar 30, 2010

    Thanks, Meg! Have you seen Bullitt? That's Steve McQueen at his finest!

    Foster Trecost – Mar 29, 2010

    Hi Meg, thanks for commenting on A Dream Life, all three times!

    See ya – Mar 29, 2010

    Thanks, Meg, for reading Little Walter. And also bravo, bravo for the decision on the Horse Shrink stories. We are all better off here at the Naut for you having made that call. Look forward to reading more of them in the future. Take care.

    Jonathan Williams – Mar 28, 2010

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story and to comment.

    Johnsienoel – Mar 26, 2010

    You are very welcome for the comments on the parrot story. I love your work. It has a Dorothy Parker quality that I so admire. Smart. Witty. Poignant.

    Jack Swenson – Mar 21, 2010

    Meg, I can't tell how much I value the thumbs up for "Mannequin" from both of you. I was feeling kind of blue today. Not anymore!

    Foster Trecost – Mar 18, 2010

    Hi Meg, I'm glad you liked Invisible Grime - thanks for letting me know!

    Meg Pokrass – Mar 17, 2010

    Bonnie - i think it is really case by case. Depending on what someone writes.

    Bonnie ZoBell – Mar 17, 2010

    Okay, this is one of my first experiments in writing on someone's wall in fictionaut. Are you supposed to respond when someone writes on your wall? If they thank you for something you said. If so, I've got terrible manners!

    Jack Swenson – Mar 16, 2010

    Meg, Thanks for the thumbs up for my birdie story. When you run for President, I will vote for you.

    Jack Swenson – Mar 11, 2010

    Well, Meg, I've got great teachers. Thanks for the thumbs up for "Quitting."

    George LaCas – Mar 10, 2010

    Thanks, Meg, for your review comments about my "Wedding Cake" story.

    Foster Trecost – Mar 09, 2010

    Hi Meg, thanks for reading Cactus - glad you liked it, but sorry I made you cry...

    See ya – Mar 06, 2010

    Thanks for the kind words on "Johnny's Blue Mosrite Guitar." I wouldn't have written it, however, without a fine, fine prompt from you.

    Foster Trecost – Mar 05, 2010

    Hey Meg, I'm glad you liked my chapter flash, and thanks for saying so.

    Jack Swenson – Mar 04, 2010

    Meg, I'm glad I made you chuckle, but I didn't mean to make you cry!

    Rob Walker – Mar 03, 2010

    Meg, thanks so much for joining the Significant Objects group! We haven't figured out a great way to display the objects to be made Significant, but the current one is an "egg whisk."

    We might put up a new one soon, trying to decide. Thanks again!

    Barry Basden – Feb 28, 2010

    Thanks for your comments about WINCE, Meg. Made me blush...

    Ru Freeman – Feb 27, 2010

    Thanks for the push, Meg. Truly needed it - today of all days, but really, for a long time!

    Jack Swenson – Feb 27, 2010

    Meg, thanks for your comments on "A Little Peace." Maybe that's why I was so taken by your "every other line" exercise. What you take out is still there!

    Barry Basden – Feb 26, 2010

    Hi back at you, Meg. Now I'm gonna get me a glass of Shiraz and read some of your favorites.

    Jack Swenson – Feb 26, 2010

    Meg, your comments on my story "A Little Peace" made my day.

    "I feel so much is going on in the spaces between things in your work."

    Nobody has ever given me a better compliment. Thank you very much.

    Mark Cecil Stevens – Feb 26, 2010

    Thanks for the invite. I am going to put a piece up soon. Really. I swear. I'm not lazy. Not really.

    Brad Nelson – Feb 26, 2010

    Meg, thanks for the invite. This looks like a great community, and I hope to make the most of it.

    Matt Dennison – Feb 19, 2010

    Thanks for comment on "Sweet Basil." It's nice to finally get it pubbed, as I've been subbing it off and on for over ten years!

    Julie Innis – Feb 19, 2010

    I heart you, A-Meggers!

    Foster Trecost – Feb 18, 2010

    Hi Meg, thanks for reading and commenting on my story. I'm really glad you liked it. foster.

    Jack Swenson – Feb 17, 2010

    I print out every one of your comments on my stories and keep them in a scrapbook. I stop people on the street and show it to them. Thanks!

    Matt Dennison – Feb 15, 2010

    Glad you enjoyed "Praise," Meg. As I said, let me know if you ever need a blurb!


    Jack Swenson – Feb 14, 2010

    Wow! What a day it has been. A nice note from D.B., and a thumbs up for my story from you. Valentine's Day indeed!

    T. J. Forrester – Feb 11, 2010

    Thanks, Meg!

    Gloria Mindock – Feb 02, 2010

    Hi Meg-On Facebook, I went to click on to follow your blog invite and I lost it after I clicked on it. Will you send it to me again? Thanks. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Gloria Mindock – Feb 02, 2010

    R. A. Allen – Feb 02, 2010

    Gopnik and Lane? Could you be a TNY subscriber? I'm reading Gopnik's "Van Gogh's Ear" now. Like your stories.

    Foster Trecost – Feb 02, 2010

    Hi Meg. Thanks for the read and comments, and for all your help. foster.

    Foster Trecost – Feb 02, 2010

    Hi Meg. Thanks for the read and comments, and for all your help. foster.

    Jack Swenson – Jan 30, 2010

    Kind words, Meg. Thanks. You are the best.

    Tiffany R. White – Jan 29, 2010

    Hey Meg. How would you tighten "Conversation on Thanksgiving"? I don't know what direction, seeing that I am impartial to all of it. ;)

    Summer Robinson – Jan 22, 2010

    No, my dear, you rock. Reading one of your stories was a big reason I wanted to get on this fictionaut thing!

    Jack Swenson – Jan 09, 2010

    Three cats in SF isn't bad. We live on the east side of the bay, and we have ten. I figure it's my job. I think I'll post a cat story next.

    Jack Swenson – Jan 08, 2010

    You herd cats? Bet you read Jon Carroll in the Chronic, too.

    Shigekuni – Dec 27, 2009

    Thank you again for your comments, and thanks for inviting me.

    Julie Innis – Dec 25, 2009

    Meg - thank you so much for checking out my story. Loved your latest in Prick of the Spindle. Hope you're having a wonderful Xmas!

    Jason McCormick – Dec 16, 2009

    Thanks Meg!

    Richard Cooper – Dec 13, 2009

    Hello Meg Pokrass! Thank you so much for doing a video reading of "An Argonaut Ethos." It's very cool.

    Kate Brown – Dec 12, 2009

    Hi, Meg. Thank you!

    Susan Tepper – Dec 08, 2009

    Meg, this is a great site, I'm having fun and reading some amazing fiction. I haven't joined any of the other sites. But this is entirely different and feels very "community" in the best sense. Thanks for your good words and support of my work!

    Greg Gerke – Dec 03, 2009

    Thanks Meg!

    David Erlewine – Oct 28, 2009

    Hi Meg, I can't tell you how nice that is to read, coming from you. Huge thanks for helping me figure out how to push myself and my writing and get into FRiGG.

    Christian Bell – Oct 28, 2009

    Thanks for the hello, Meg!

    Brian Mihok – Oct 23, 2009

    Hi Meg, have you received my email re: your matchbook piece?

    Ryan W. Bradley – Oct 15, 2009

    hi meg! your kindness is much appreciated!

    Greg Gerke – Oct 13, 2009

    Hi Meg. I see all the usual suspects here and more. Looks great.

    Annemarie Bogart – Oct 13, 2009

    Hi Meg! I made it! Now, to figure out the picture thingee!

    Hobie Anthony – Oct 13, 2009

    I feel like I'm cheating on Zoe. But, thanks for the invite Meg! I guess I'll have to write some new stuff, huh?

    R. Jay Slais – Oct 10, 2009

    Hi Meg and thanks for the nice note. I was already a fan of your writing reading some of your publications here and there and enjoyed reading you here today too. Have a nice weekend!


    Dennis Mahagin – Oct 08, 2009

    Howdy, Meg!

    David Erlewine – Oct 06, 2009

    Hi Meg, thanks so much for your comments on Hurlophobia. Comments like those really, truly keep me going at this thing when I'm exhausted. Best, David

    Shya Scanlon – Oct 06, 2009

    Thanks, Meg. I've actually been here a little while, but I haven't been participating. I read occasionally (there's great stuff around), but as it seems largely to be a place for flash fiction and the short side of short stories, I've decided against posting my own work, which has been running longer lately.

    J. Loo – Oct 06, 2009

    Thanks for the welcome message! Adore 'I Capture The Castle' -- wish Dodie Smith's other novels were in print as well. Haven't had much luck in secondhand bookstores. :)

    Cynthia Reeser – Oct 05, 2009

    Hey Meg!!

    Mel Bosworth – Oct 05, 2009

    Oh, Meg! You're such a nicey.

    Gary Moshimer – Oct 05, 2009

    Thanks, Meg! I consider it an honor, coming from you.

    Sam Rasnake – Oct 04, 2009

    Hey to you, Meg. Trying to learn the bells and whistles here.

    M.H. – Oct 04, 2009

    Thanks Meg for faving Eldorado :)

    Alec Niedenthal – Oct 03, 2009

    hi meg! thank you!

    Elizabeth Hegwood – Oct 03, 2009

    Thanks, Meg! Looking forward to reading yours as well.

    Steve Young – Sep 30, 2009

    Aha! I knew you'd be on this, Meg. I feel like I'm following you and Erlewine around...

    darryl salach – Sep 15, 2009

    Hello Meg! I just joined this site and noticed your profile. The new issue of TTQ just went live last friday. Take a peek:

    Martha Conway – Aug 28, 2009

    Meg, Thanks for saying hello. I know of Molly -- have heard JH speak of her (all good!). I love Susan Minot, too. If I could choose any writer to write like it would be her. Unfortunately, I can't choose.

    Jamey Genna – Aug 03, 2009

    Meg, Thanks for turning me on to this site. It is so cool. It's really nice to get comments on my work and everyone's writing is so professional.

    Andreas Trolf – Jun 27, 2009

    Meg, I've enjoyed reading your stories. Your attention to small, telling details and your incredible brevity are entirely engaging.

    Steven Seighman – Jun 26, 2009

    Hi Meg! This place is pretty crazy. I haven't had a chance to really dive into it yet, but I'm really looking forward to it!

    John Doe – Jun 14, 2009

    Glad to be here! Thanks!!

    Tara – May 22, 2009

    Hi Meg! I love your writing prompts. I'm totally going to use them. I love writing 'challenges.' They make me happy. :-)

    Laura Ellen Scott – Apr 19, 2009

    wow, thanks for the comments on 'spirit play' or whatever the heck it is. haven't been on here in a while so i almost missed it.

    Ethel Rohan – Apr 16, 2009

    Thanks so much, Meg, for your comments on "Dinner With The Lydia"--heh heh.

    M.H. – Apr 15, 2009

    Hi Meg,
    Thanks so much for the warm welcome and kind words!

    Ethel Rohan – Apr 05, 2009

    Hi Meg, thank you so much for your kind comments on "Cracking Open." I'll take that as high praise indeed coming from you.

    Alan Rossi – Apr 02, 2009

    hey Meg, glad to make the comments. it's a strong story. can't wait to read more. i think i said this somewhere, but i'm a big fan of your blog, too.

    C.J.F – Apr 02, 2009

    Hi Meg, good to meet you too. Damn Sure Right is an inspiring piece of work, an easy favourite for me. And no, I'm not on zoetrope. I've had a look round before but it seemed a bit complicated...

    Ethel Rohan – Apr 01, 2009

    Meg, thank you so much for your comments on "The Change." I know you have a lot going on right now, and I really appreciate you taking the time to read my story and comment.

    David Erlewine – Mar 30, 2009

    Hi Meg, thanks so much for your comment on Marionettes. I'm thrilled you like it. David

    David Aichenbaum – Mar 28, 2009

    thanks meg! your writing rocks double. if i wasn't keeping it at shhh! level, I'm sure my mother would forward you an enthusiastic hello.

    Lauren Becker – Mar 26, 2009

    if it takes letting you sit on my lap to get you to the next awp, so be it. i'll drag your butt to sfo and make you get on the plane so everyone else can meet the fabulous meg p.!

    Ethel Rohan – Mar 25, 2009

    Hi Meg,

    Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm delighted to be here.

    Gail Siegel – Mar 17, 2009

    Okay, finally dug out that old telemarketer piece. It's a bit long for this site, but still...

    Gail Siegel – Feb 26, 2009

    Yep. I think we do have the same dog. Did you miss him when I took him for a walk this morning?

    I have to figure out how to put a link to your blog on mine. I forget each time...

    Dave Clapper – Jan 30, 2009

    Thanks for the comments on "The Cougar," Meg. And for favoriting it!

    Lauren Becker – Jan 20, 2009

    thanks re: erase, meg. you're such a kind reader and your fb posts make me laugh.

    (e-mail me at to set up our coffee adventure!)

    Meg Pokrass – Jan 17, 2009

    Lauren - thank you for the kind words. I'd love to have coffee in the city!

    Lauren Becker – Jan 17, 2009

    hey meg -- thanks for the comment on "laughter." i love your stuff though i can't keep up with you! coffee in san francisco one day?

    Jeanne Holtzman – Jan 07, 2009

    Thanks for the comments and fav for my story, Meg! Still trying to understand the best way to respond - my wall, your wall, message? It sure reads better to respond on your own wall, but will the poster see it?

    Meakin Armstrong – Nov 19, 2008

    Meg, thanks for your comment on my story a while back. I've been enjoying YOUR stuff a lot.

    Corey Zeller – Nov 15, 2008

    Hi Meg, thanks for the fav for my story. I am glad you liked it,

    I would like to read more stories of yours. I really loved the one I made a comment on. I was thinking of it while I was driving today.

    Russell Brakefield – Nov 10, 2008


    Meg Pokrass – Nov 07, 2008

    Thanks, Barry! You really can't go wrong with Three Musketeers...

    barry graham – Nov 07, 2008

    meg! great stuff on wigleaf. the three musketeers bit was a good touch.

    Meg Pokrass – Sep 29, 2008

    Thanks Barry!

    barry graham – Sep 29, 2008

    read the new piece in pboz. great stuff

    Matt Baker – Sep 28, 2008

    Thanks for writing on my wall and inquiring about cotton candy options.

    Doug Bond – Sep 26, 2008

    Hey - thanks for suggesting this. Good stuff.

    Cheryl Chambers – Sep 26, 2008

    Hi, Meg! Good to be here. I'll have to poke around here this weekend, see what it's all about.

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