KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 9: Spring 2018
Micro-Fiction: 114 words

Cinderella Uncensored

by Roberta Beary

He was Prince Charming all right. As long as I kept my glass slippers on. All day all the time. He even made me sleep in my slippers. Once something woke me in the middle of the night. It was the Prince. Fingering my glass. Can you believe it? Lucky for me these dwarves tunneled their way in. Maybe you read about it. The Kingdom’s first ever Castle-Home Invasion. Seven little guys scoop me up. Two of them pull off my slippers. Then all seven carry me to this cute cabin in the woods. Where I’m always barefoot. And the Prince? I left him my slippers. He can go finger my glass.


Roberta Beary
Issue 9, Spring 2018

identifies as gender-expansive, and writes to connect with the disenfranchised, to let them know they are not alone. Her work has appeared in Rattle, KYSO Flash, 100 Word Story, Cultural Weekly, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Her work is also featured in A Companion to Poetic Genre (John Wiley & Sons, 2011) and Haiku In English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton, 2013).

Her collection of short poetry, The Unworn Necklace, received a finalist book award from the Poetry Society of America. Her collection of prose poetry, Deflection (Accents Publishing, 2015), was named a National Poetry Month Best Pick by Washington Independent Review of Books.

Currently based in Ireland, she is writing a series of short shorts for LGBTQ youth.

The author tweets her photoku on Twitter [at] shortpoemz. You can also find her on Facebook:

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