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STORY OF THE WEEK
The Religious Experience
By Barry Gifford
“When Antonio invited me to go with him to Brazil, I just said yes, without thinking. I left Roy with my mother in Miami and we flew from there.”
POEM OF THE WEEK
Learning to Be Still
By Carlie Hoffman
I was so young before New York that I believed loving myself each day would be easier there. I want to go someplace where the trees grow apples shiny and persistent as stars.
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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Underneath the Bonfire
By Nickolas Butler
They were dragging the Christmas trees across the frozen lake, the crowns of the trees down against the slush where once they had supported a brightly lit star, or an angel.
Certain Friends for Certain Secrets
By Ann Beattie
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.
By Robert Olen Butler
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.
By Nathan Poole
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.
By Rick Bass
It was interesting, watching the pleasure the visitors took in executing the ancient act of bringing meat to camp. I could see them changing. There was less banter and more of a quiet pride.
Beyond the Glass Ceiling There’s Sky
By Various Authors
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.
A Short Talk
with Will Schwalbe
What’s your current obsession?
I saw a T-shirt that said, “My thoughts have been replaced by
lyrics.” That describes me.
Io and Other Poems
By Paisley Rekdal
Every day, she pretends to understand what is happening to her body, what has happened to her daughter, but there is no understanding this.
Nina Simone Explains Delusions to John Roberts
By Christian Teresi
We were each once innocent—without the protection of our lies.
By Jenny George
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.
Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia
By T. G. Hardy
I heard about the jet crash as I was leaving the Bachelor Officer Quarters for the hangar.
Cartoon Art Volume 2017-01
By Various Artists
New laughs from
Duffy, Curtis Edwards, Mary Lawton, Drew Panckeri, and Julia Suits.
Cartoon Art Volume 2016-12
By Various Artists
New toons by Gordon & Miller, Mary Lawton, Rina Piccolo, Victoria Roberts, and