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4.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  43 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Damn Sure Right, the "wonderful, dark, unforgiving" (Frederick Barthelme) debut by Meg Pokrass, "conveys entire worlds that are touching, haunting, funny, moving, and strange in the most beautiful ways" (Jessica Anya Blau). "The brew master of flash" (Sean Lovelace), Pokrass writes "like a brain looking for a body" (Frederick Barthelme), making her the "new monarch of the ...more
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published (first published February 1st 2011)
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Tara
Jun 26, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: flash-fiction
Damn Sure Great. Truly. Pokrass has solidified her status as one of the best flash fiction writers around. It's a voluminous volume, about 100 flash stories, and I was continually astounded by their originality. I kept asking myself, how could so many different stories exist in one head? I love that they don't all have the same voice, either. She is able to match her writing to her characters. And many of the stories contain some of the best lines I've ever read in contemporary fiction. Hard-hit ...more
Art Edwards
Mar 05, 2014 Art Edwards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meg's characters float through this world looking to reach out, but always somehow not quite getting the hang of it. This would be very sad if Pokgrass weren't also one of the funniest writers around. Then there are a few points in DSR where she gets the exact right balance of humor and pathos to grasp something bigger than me, you, or any of her characters. I'm talking about stories like "Pounds Across America" and "Them" that do that Chekhovian thing at the end where, just for a moment, everyt ...more
Grady
Apr 29, 2011 Grady rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pow! It's Meg Pokrass Flash Fiction!

DAMN SURE RIGHT is a collection of quickies that are better designed moments of fiction than most writers spend pages and pages developing. Each of this at times single page stories, at times 2-3 page stories find a fascinating little detail to explore, a snatch of a story told with carved sentences that create atmosphere not unlike those little snow scenes you shake and watch your own story develop until the mechanical snow settles at the bottom.

A lot of the
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Maria
Mar 15, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to just about anyone... The short fiction snipits in this book are moving, depressing, provacative, and often times abstract. The author vividly deomonstrates her characters' thoughts and actions in such an interesting and luring way. She does an excellent job of explaining the thoughts behind awkward situations and ups and downs that people go through in life. This is a fiction book but all these stories can very well be "real."

I was slightly skeptical when I began
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Sean Lovelace
Feb 26, 2011 Sean Lovelace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn sure good. Whiskey made of blood, cut with crushed thigh slap. It glow. IF you are serious about flash, read this book.
Sam Rasnake
Mar 20, 2011 Sam Rasnake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A master of flash, Pokrass never fails to excite with this collection. These stories always deliver - a huge punch.
Alan
Mar 23, 2011 Alan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
as it's got 0 pages i might read this pretty quickly
W.f. Lantry
Mar 20, 2011 W.f. Lantry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, brilliant stuff!
Joe
Apr 11, 2013 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg Pokrass is the queen of flash fiction. Her stories are fresh, original, never clichéd, loaded with quiet symbolism that increases in significance on rereading. At her best, Meg has the uncanny ability to make you feel you've read a complete novel or memoir in a few hundred words. Some of her stories seem too lightweight to matter, but more often she nails an emotion, a mood, a character flaw, even a life, with startling pinpoint accuracy. Her stories "begin in the middle," as a character tal ...more
Leesa
Dec 14, 2012 Leesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
am going to write a longer review of this for something, somewhere. will holler back. (it's just too good not to and i want to make a list of my favorite stories/lines.) but quickly i will say that this book kinda made me feel like i was eating...like in a good way. devouring something delicious. and i'll also say that i love her ability to create these little stories...these snowglobes packed and packed with so many perfect little intimate details...insular...exciting and surprising. these stor ...more
Barton Smock
Mar 16, 2014 Barton Smock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is a common conceit, this whole life, flashing before your eyes...when in fact it's a partial life that borrows heavily. the best flash fiction knows this. I've heard it leveled at, or lobbed in the vicinity of, flash fiction that anyone can do it. Pokrass makes one think that only one person can do it, and that the person in question, is. great book.
Kathryn
Amazing little stories. The writing is inspiring, and inspired. These flash pieces will draw you in with an image, make you laugh with a turn of phrase, and then rip your heart out with a killer last line. Like really good dark chocolate, they're best savored in small bites, but I dare you to take just one.
Nonnie Augustine
Dec 23, 2012 Nonnie Augustine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Meg Pokrass is a master of flash fiction. Her insight is remarkably dead on and she imparts her understanding in spare, compelling prose.
Michael Smith
Feb 16, 2012 Michael Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Meg Pokrass is the best flash fiction writer on the planet. No one comes close. This volume is a must read for any lover of short fiction.
Patricia Murphy
Jul 11, 2012 Patricia Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories
There is a lot to learn from here--some very tight endings. Subtle details of character that do a lot of work.
Tobin Terry
Sep 11, 2012 Tobin Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really dig this book. Press 53 is pretty solid.
Ann Bogle
Jul 22, 2013 Ann Bogle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
See my review at Books at Fictionaut, 2012.
Mark Swanson
Jul 30, 2013 Mark Swanson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is perfect.
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Aug 19, 2011 Blogbaas Van 'tVliegend Eiland rated it really liked it
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MEG POKRASS is the author of "Bird Envy" (bestseller at the Harvard Bookstore, April, 2014) "Here, Where We Live" a novella-in-flash (Rose Metal Press, 2014) and "Damn Sure Right (Press 53, 2011) about which Frederick Barthelme said "Meg Pokrass writes like a brain looking for a body. Wonderful, dark, unforgiving."

Her stories appear in over 200 literary journals and continue to be widely antholog
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