STORY OF THE WEEK

I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them

The men wait with the Afghan amputees. The injured glance up, waiting for their limbs to fall from the cloudy sky. The C-130 is late.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Hear Trains

So sault mean “jump,” as in sauter in France, but not in New France! In Old France, the l dropped out. In New, they kept it: Sault Ste. Marie, the leap, the rapids.

OPEN TO ALL WRITERS

We’re looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

POETRY

Flood Song

Alarm clocks, eagle plumes, a moth’s unblinking eye hover from left to right, in the shrinking room where the children huddle nibbling orange crusts from diesel-soaked butterfly wings.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Americanathon

Waiting for a cure, waiting for the closeout sale, the black sail, a new tarboosh and a tiny red car, a new improved and safer war.

POETRY

Lesson for Mason

That is a building. That is a tree. That is a yellow-colored car. That is a curb. It keeps you from driving too far. It says “stop!” to keep you safe.

POETRY

Patient Zero

If we are to be good scientists we must investigate the moment when the sons of God made themselves known to the daughters of men.

POETRY

POETRY

NONFICTION

POETRY

Tempus

Any moment now the clock is invented. Life becomes a countdown and anything you love can be held against you.

POETRY

Seroconversion

two boys are in bed on a Tuesday afternoon & neither knows the other’s name for they just met this morning on their phones & were 1.2 miles from each other.

NONFICTION

Real People

Time passes so quickly, like a time-lapse film. A couple buys the house across the street; gradually, they love it and tend to its every detail.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

That Summer, with Horses

My father fancied himself a trainer of racehorses. He was almost entirely honest, and that put him at an awful disadvantage in a sport where low cunning is a virtue.

FICTION

Rise the Euphrates

The novel did not come easily (they never do), and for much of my twenties I did everything possible to forget the tale that haunted me.

FICTION

Water Ghosts

I was only five when Dad told me I had died. “You drowned,” he said. “I’m so sorry.” His hands disappeared into the soapy water and he lifted me from the tub.

SIX-WORD STORIES

SIX-WORD STORIES

READERS’ NARRATIVES

SIX-WORD STORIES

The Human Comedy

In a correspondence with our editors, Alexie shared his thoughts about the six-word story form, and we’d like to share his inspiration with you.

SIX-WORD STORIES

You and I

You never let me finish my

I’ll never be unfaithful again. Hopefully.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

West of the Hudson Bay

Early October was way too late to be alone this deep into the Keewatin District of the Northwest Territories.

30 POEMS TO DELIGHT

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

30 POEMS TO DELIGHT

Baudelaire once opined, “Any healthy man can go without food for two days—but not without poetry.” Here are 30 poems to keep you well nourished, entertained, provoked, and delighted.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2015-05

Hilarious new toons from Charlie Hankin, Farley Katz, Ken Krimstein, P. C. Vey, and Wen Winslow.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2015-04

New laughs from J. C. Duffy, Farley Katz, Mary Lawton, Rina Piccolo, and Tom Toro.