FROM THE EDITORS

STORY OF THE WEEK

Overdue

Mom had gotten me the job. Her title was “assistant librarian,” meaning she had no degree, and I was assistant to the assistant.

N30B CONTEST

Narrative invites all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers, between eighteen and thirty years old, to send us their best work.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Bringing Down the House

I saw Baryshnikov twice. Heard Pavarotti, Marsalis, and Ma, heard Bobby McFerrin, Bernstein. All in Iowa City, Iowa.

iSTORIES

SHORT SHORT

30 BELOW 30

iSTORIES

Baptism

I asked how long the immersion would last, though I’d seen it dozens of times.

SHORT SHORT

Hiking at Bee Rock

I will find the waterfall in which she washed her hair when we were nineteen and I didn’t know a girl that young or that old would do such a thing.

30 BELOW 30

Best Young Authors

One of our greatest pleasures is finding new talents. Here are some of the writers under thirty we are proud to have published in the past year.

DON’T MISS

FICTION

FICTION

DON’T MISS

FICTION

Evicted

The first time I saw the flat at 83 Sixth Avenue, I knew it was meant for me. The light, the space, the walls—above all the walls convinced me.

FICTION

Black and White

In the republican pubs of Belfast, Colum was called Hallion, or Hallinan, or the Welsh Saint, this last name persisting despite his energetic claim to have no Welsh in him at all.

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

Learning to Write

You put each word in place, brick upon brick, with a shimmery sense of what the whole edifice would look like, the shape of the final thing. You tunneled, dug, dug.

NONFICTION

Clearwater

The summer I was nine, I spent half of June and the first weeks of July at sleep-away camp, a set of buggy wooden cabins strung alongside a lake in northern Wisconsin.

NONFICTION

A Brief Handbook of Revision for Writers

What few spontaneous acts of literary creation exist, such as Coleridge’s fragmentary “Kubla Khan,” are those of authors whose technical abilities match their genius.

POETRY

POETRY

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

POETRY

Tiger Balm and Other Poems

My recent ghost stands over me in the form of a yard rake: little spine umbrella. He doesn’t say anything that terrifies.

POETRY

Ecstasy and Other Poems

There is beauty in the way she looks at me over the kitchen table reminding me how she kissed me last night.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

An Interview

Alan shares his insights on teaching and talent, opportunities created by the Internet, and how writers and readers find a work’s meaning.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

WOMEN ON MEN

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2014-06

New toons by David Sipress, Lydia Conklin, Peter Vey, Joe Duffy, and Mary Lawton.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2014-07

More great new toons, including panels by Glen Le Lievre, Rina Piccolo, and Ken Krimstein.

WOMEN ON MEN

What do women and men live for, if not to laugh and make sport with each other?

CLASSICS

CLASSICS

CLASSICS

CLASSICS

The Woman in the Rose-Colored Dress

I can see myself as if observing another girl: how she looked in a pale green dress that clung to the small breasts and the rounding hips.

CLASSICS

A Red Dress—1946

That old school building was filled with sexual competition. I had premonitions of total defeat.

CLASSICS

The Lesson of the Master

What I am going to tell now is a stupidity, a misunderstanding, a great Jamesian life-mistake: an embarrassment and a life-shame.

iPOEMS

iPOEMS

IPOEMS

iPOEMS

The Underground

Those under us are not dead. They are dancers. We are the music.

iPOEMS

After the Imaginary Crime

What killed me when I left the room?

IPOEMS

My Grandmother

She tells me Someday you’ll understand, darling. Everyone will just—vanish!

IPOEMS

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PHOTOGRAPHY & ART

IPOEMS

I Shut My Eyes & Doors in Me Fly Open

I’d like to meet my bones. I’d strew them on a Minnie Mouse beach blanket at a yard sale.

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PHOTOGRAPHY & ART

Hemingway’s
Finca Vigía

We visited Cuba to deliver a first edition of Papa’s novel, The Garden of Eden, edited and published by Narrative cofounder Tom Jenks.
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