Man Made of Hours

by Meg Pokrass

In the Museum of Time you stand there staring at a grandfather clock. It has a smooth face, like a man you used to believe in until you saw he was made of hours. There are fathers and husbands everywhere you look, living in the faces of these clocks. The clockmaker’s daughter walks over, looks at you as if you might have suffered a stroke. What makes you think you’ve been dreaming these guys up? she asks, taking your hand in hers with the papery feel of dried leaf. The two of you and your wrinkly hands, staring at the museum of everything you have ever wanted.


Meg Pokrass is the author of 7 flash fiction collections, two novellas-in-flash, an award winning collection of prose poetry, and a new collection, "Spinning to Mars" which won the Blue Light Book Award. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Washington Square Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Split Lip and McSweeney's has been anthologized in New Micro (W.W. Norton & Co., 2018), Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015) and The Best Small Fictions. She is the Founding Editor of New Flash Fiction Review, Series Co-Editor of Best Microfiction and Festival Curator of Flash Fiction Festival U.K.