STORY OF THE WEEK

Elements of Style

Some call fashion a frivolity; for others it’s a secular religion. Here are some of our favorite writers and thinkers on the topics of fashion, design, and personal style.

POEM OF THE WEEK

A Crow Flies Cleanly over the Cornstalks

Down the road outside my grandmother’s town, women still light candles at dusk. The almanac tells them when the moon passes into ghost weather.

OPEN TO ALL WRITERS

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

Please see the Guidelines.

FICTION

Bread

Walking home from the clinic, I repeat the words: with child, with child. I say it like I understand what is happening to me.

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

How to Lose Everything in Twelve Easy Steps

Your boyfriend thinks becoming your own doctor is a very, very bad idea. “That’s what everyone thinks, until this happens to them.”

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

FICTION

NONFICTION

FICTION

Mud Time

Of course they knew where Dawn was headed: Depot Street. They knew, and had outsmarted her, and now it was too late for her to run from them for they were upon her.

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.

NONFICTION

Border Patrol

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.

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE 10

FEATURES

NARRATIVE 10

An Interview

What book do you wish you could read again for the first time?

Reading Turgenev by William Trevor. I have never seen yearning dramatized so perfectly.

NARRATIVE 10

An Interview

What’s your current obsession?

I saw a T-shirt that said, “My thoughts have been replaced by Hamilton lyrics.”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

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

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Stigmata of Love and Other Poems

In the sweet booth made of wood, your voice rained on the dune inside my chest. South, at my feet, it was spring, and north, at my brow, flowering fern.

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.

POETRY

iPOEMS

iPOEM

POETRY

Prayer on the Subdivision

The tender kin who invented that adage about good fences must have been black & living in a cul-de-sac trying to mend an unbreachable wall.

iPOEMS

Marriage as
Rock Quarry

We’re phosphorus, we’re this glowing rock under UV light in the mineral shed. We’re violet, saffron, we’re bright green.

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.

SIX-WORD STORIES

READERS’ NARRATIVES

READERS' NARRATIVES

SIX-WORD STORIES

Classified

In the tradition of Hemingway, a six-world story that conjures an entire world.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Gaza City

Throughout the city the sorrowful chants were answered in staggered repetition, like fugues.

READERS' NARRATIVES

Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia

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

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2017-02

Absurd and hilarious cartoons by Pat Byrnes, Glen Le Lievre, Ken Krimstein, Amy Kurzweil, and Victoria Roberts.

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.