I love fairy tales. One of my own personal favorites is Beauty and the Beast (check back here for more news about that soon!) but I will take any fairy tale from any culture, and it will set me dreaming. I've reimagined several fairy tales from Japan in both short stories and poems, but I will always turn back to my childhood favorites for inspiration.
"Thumbs" is the result of one of these forays, published recently at the Hugo-nominated magazine Abyss & Apex (my poem happens to be right next to another poem by the amazingly talented writer Jane Yolen, eeee!). I didn't realize when I wrote it, but when I was recently talking to my mom, she mentioned Thumbelina was one of her favorite fairy tales. So this poem's for you, mom. :)
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with over two hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. Check out my 2024 writing challenge to write a book a week at Author Versus AI. For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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