STORY OF THE WEEK

Sea Horse

I don’t know how many times I’d repeated the pattern when the thought crossed my mind that we had been sent there to save him.

POEM OF THE WEEK

First Anniversary

The fog makes a uterus

last one
we can occupy
together

FINAL MONTH TO ENTER

Poetry is “the eldest sister of all arts, and parent of most,” wrote William Congreve. We agree and are seeking poets and poems to honor with prizes and publication.

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NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Crossing Borders

That is the whole idea that I want to crack. We’re around you more than you want to credit us for.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Homeland

She cuts both ways—how she can mean both love & freedom with the same hand. I know also what it means to be born in one life and meant for another.

POETRY

Elegy for Sammy

I prefer to remember something simple like finding you sitting cross-legged on my unfertilized crabgrass lawn at one o’clock in the morning.

POETRY

Teenage Riot and Other Poems

The only way to run through the neighborhood was to run through it together, flipping off cops and skinheads.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

The Mercy
of Pronouns

The large difficulty of mercy is that it’s full of people moving and sometimes you are not one of them.

POETRY

Two Appeals

My love swims you, your shoulders like hard sails under the green curls. Doesn’t sink. Doesn’t stink at all. Small powder around the moon.

POETRY

Magi and
Other Poems

I hoped at that moment I was a stranger to him with some good tidings from a distant place.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Roman Couplets and Other Poems

When Mars falls into the forest, the birds rise skyward, saying nothing. The woman walking in the clearing pauses.

POETRY

Sweet Girl and
Other Poems

tell me sweet girl, how to greet you—since my mamma doesn’t believe in you or in my ability to bear another being.

POETRY

Site Visits

She’s pursued by a knight—the man who loved her unrequitedly. He’ll slay her, then remove the heart and circumjacent parts and feed them to the dogs.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Cavitation

Come hear me talk! Advance in age beside me and this pine! Is yours, like mine, the edgeless kind of soft? The grafted grin, the vinegary light?

POETRY

An Elegy for Mr. Vaishno Das Bagai, an American

One day her husband’s blood would mount the most vicious testimony against him.

POETRY

Aubade with
Hold Music

We stood about, like white teeth, watching the morning split hairs in the shattered glass. Every other boy was listening to hold music.

CLASSICS

FICTION

FICTION

CLASSICS

The Final Gift

“Well, the day has come when everyone has too much of everything, even paupers. Even the thieves have become choosy.”

FICTION

The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday

Men can always produce attractive arguments to justify disgraceful actions.

FICTION

Visible Empire

He was in love with his wife, but he was also in love with his mistress, a woman nearly two decades his junior, which he didn’t think was fair.

FICTION

iSTORIES

MASTER CLASS

FICTION

The Emperor
of Shoes

I got on the back of Ivy’s motorbike at the shoe factory like a lunatic who wants to get kidnapped, as my father would say.

iSTORIES

Or Else

It was the year our parents got divorced, the year our mother became an origami fiend. When we visited her, we would sit in silence, watching her fingers fly.

MASTER CLASS

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

Out of Body

Many of my friends are open to the possibilities of paranormal phenomena. I wonder if they too are hedging their bets.

NONFICTION

The Gold-Toothed Dude’s Big Score

That autumn, my first in San Francisco, I ran short of money. Anybody could see it coming except me.

NONFICTION

Bats

They sleep all day. At night, they leave the attic. We never see them. They do good things for us. But we do not want them.

SEEKING GUIDANCE?

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

SEEKING GUIDANCE?

NONFICTION

Notes Nearing Ninety

In your eighties it gets hard to walk. Nearing ninety it’s exhausting to pull your nightshirt on.

NONFICTION

Kickflip

I wanted to take a few weeks to immerse myself in the sport and culture that had come to dominate our family.

FEATURES

NONFICTION

FEATURES

Ten Landscapes

The most notable of contemporary Western landscape painters, Chatham has focused on rural Northern California and the wilds of Montana. Here we present a gallery of his works.

Russell Chatham the Painter, Recently Hospitalized, Emerges from Seven-Figure Debt and Alcoholism, Ready to Paint

Always I study Russell closely, with fascination.

NONFICTION

Advice for a
Young Painter

First and foremost, determine if wanting to be a painter is just a passing romantic or otherwise fanciful notion or whether in fact it is a genuinely primal calling.

iPOEMS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

iPOEMS

Erratica

I will keep sending you a dozen dead horses until you accept my steepest pathologies.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2018-05

Great new toons by Pat Byrnes, Mary Lawton, Drew Panckeri, Mick Stevens, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2018-04

New art and humor from Pat Byrnes, Bob Eckstein, Kaamran Hafeez, Mick Stevens, and Julia Suits.