STORY OF THE WEEK

The Sinkhole

She thought she saw a slight curve, like a dimple. She went outside and knelt to look closely. The ground had a line, like a seam. She scuttled away, gasping.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Brave Morsels

I’m the one with the most crumbs, little bits of salad or hot fudge are often left behind. Little gusts of wind must enable brave morsels to leap from fork to safety.

WINNERS & FINALISTS

Congratulations . . .

to Sara Houghteling, E. K. Ota, and Alex R. Jones, the top three winners, and to the ten contest finalists. See the complete list here.

30 POEMS IN 30 DAYS

Changing Genres

I was satisfied with haiku until I met you, jar of octopus, cuckoo’s cry, 5-7-5, but now I want a Russian novel, a 50-page description of you sleeping.

NONFICTION

MASTER CLASS

POETRY

NONFICTION

A Weary Desperado

One afternoon at a party in the West Village, I drank a few beers, ate a brownie laced with hashish, and saw later a view of San Francisco I’d seen before.

MASTER CLASS

POETRY

The Speed of Dark

I have studied and become intimate with the speed of darkness. It’s so fast it’s always here. When the light withdraws the dark comes from no place.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Unemployed

I’m going for a midnight run. When I say run I mean fall apart. And the screen door slams. And the left aorta slams. And the boys in summer slam each other and into the pavement.

POETRY

The Field

When I sink my fingers into the dirt, the field knows it’s done well. I like it when you shake the grasses for me, like to follow your footprints and find you at the end, waiting.

POETRY

From “The Book of Clay”

God is there because I believe in my own image. Poor woman with the sad hair. She removes evil by the handful and washes herself a thousand times but she remains indelible.

POETRY

POETRY

EXPLORE. ENGAGE.

POETRY

Crispin Poems

yes it was the motion that told me to go near her & so i did. i took my place before her & looked at her long beautiful throat. i moved my body like a wine glass shook.

POETRY

From “The Obscure Lives of Poets”

One broke faith with the word before the word could break faith with her, and built a mountain of detergent in her garage.

EXPLORE. ENGAGE.

CARTOONS

DRAMAS IN ONE BREATH

SIX-WORD STORIES

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2016-04

Great new toons by Charlie Hankin, Farley Katz, John Klossner, Mary Lawton, and Julia Suits.

DRAMAS IN ONE BREATH

First sex. I came. She didn’t.

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.

SIX-WORD STORIES

After War

The author reflects on the soldier’s experience and the burden of war’s trauma—in just six words.