STORY OF THE WEEK

The Religious Experience

“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

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.

Please see the Guidelines.

FICTION

Underneath the Bonfire

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.

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.

NONFICTION

FEATURES

NARRATIVE 10

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.

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.

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I saw a T-shirt that said, “My thoughts have been replaced by Hamilton lyrics.”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

POETRY

POETRY

iPOEM

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

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.

READERS’ NARRATIVE

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

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

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.