STORY OF THE WEEK

But I Digress . . .

My father never spoke about his childhood in Russia, now Ukraine. I couldn’t get a thing out of him. It was as if it had never happened.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Song

Kissing her wrists is a form of prayer, but who am I even praying to when I am standing outside the kingdom, looking in the windows covered with ice.

OPEN TO ALL WRITERS

We’re looking for short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, and excerpts from long fiction and nonfiction.

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NONFICTION

Shelf Space

I found myself trying to squeeze a book on obscure wild berries into one of the five bookcases I’d devoted solely to cookbooks. It was time to weed my shelves.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Certain Friends for Certain Secrets

Because Wyatt was so inscrutable, he might have lied to me. It might have suited his purposes, whatever they were, to create some drama where there wasn’t any.

FICTION

Soir Bleu

I could not bear to see her play at being the woman she once was. I’d rescued that woman from the Place Pigalle and made her my model. I’d redeemed her nakedness with my art.

FICTION

Alluvium

He soon found himself envious of her, and then obsessed, her strong sense of purpose, her motives. He had come under her influence and felt as though he had been poisoned with lust.

FEATURES

POETRY

POETRY

FEATURES

Beyond the Glass Ceiling There’s Sky

Here, in tribute to women’s commitment to breaking the glass ceiling, we’ve drawn together some keenly representative passages in the evolving dialogue between the feminine and masculine.

POETRY

Io and Other Poems

Every day, she pretends to understand what is happening to her body, what has happened to her daughter, but there is no understanding this.

POETRY

Nina Simone Explains Delusions to John Roberts

We were each once innocent—without the protection of our lies.

iPOEM

NARRATIVE 10

READERS’ NARRATIVE

iPOEM

A Childhood

The horse had been beaten and flies crawled excited on the beat marks. He held still in the sunblazed pasture. For some minutes I stood at the wire fence.

NARRATIVE 10

A Short Talk

What’s your current obsession?

I saw a T-shirt that said, “My thoughts have been replaced by Hamilton lyrics.” That describes me.

READERS’ NARRATIVE

Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia

I heard about the jet crash as I was leaving the Bachelor Officer Quarters for the hangar.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2017-01

New laughs from J. C. Duffy, Curtis Edwards, Mary Lawton, Drew Panckeri, and Julia Suits.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2016-12

New toons by Gordon & Miller, Mary Lawton, Rina Piccolo, Victoria Roberts, and P. C. Vey.

Cartoon Art Volume 2016-11

The absurd and hilarious, by Pat Byrnes, Lydia Conklin, Mick Stevens, Julia Suits, and P. C. Vey.