STORY OF THE WEEK

Everybody

Zoe liked stories from her mother’s crazy life, like when she and her best friend took someone’s drunk mother to the back door of a bar so she could screw Johnny Cash.

POEM OF THE WEEK

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If all along     we all     had known

the leaves  we leafed    would

leave      us lone-       ly

NONFICTION

A Brief Handbook of Revision for Writers

Few good works, if any, spring fully formed in first draft. 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

16D

On the airplane, the woman across the aisle and one row in front of me was beautiful. She wore the best pair of blue jeans in the history of the world. Okay, I’m exaggerating. Can denim be sacred? Probably not. But I’m trying to make a point here.

N30B WINNERS

N30B WINNERS

N30B WINNERS

N30B WINNERS

Arpeggio Progression in Missing Key and Other Poems

do you asks pretty
sue know what

I love what pretty
please tell us

N30B WINNERS

Belated:
A Video Story

Jeremy—
How’s everything? It’s been forever! Things with me are pretty good. I’m seeing someone, which is awesome! which is nice?

N30B WINNERS

Outsider:
A Photography Portfolio

In 2014 I set out to create an intimate photographic document of daily life in the Dhubri district along the border where the Brahmaputra River runs.

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE 10

Favorite Things

What’s the most useful criticism you’ve ever received?

“You’ll never be a writer.” I’m stubborn.

NARRATIVE 10

A Converstion

Ten words you use most on the page? In life?

Cocktails! (The rest are irrelevant.)

NARRATIVE 10

A Short Talk

What’s your current obsession?

Finding the perfect desk. I’m downright neurotic about desks.

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

Savages

Our father roars, “Chrissakes, that’s enough! You people fight more than any other kids in America.” Could it be true? Did we in fact fight more than any other kids in the country?

NONFICTION

If You Can’t Say Anything Nice, Write a One-Star Review

“This book sucked!” “Vastly overrated!” “Boring!” “Tedious!” “Waste of time!” Internet reviewers screamed at my friend, who got a great review in the Times.

NONFICTION

Cuba Libre

History is fickle. No one long rules it, though Castro’s endurance invited an illusion of success. Cuban youth have a saying, grown tired and ironic, “Un año mas.” One more year.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

The Stroke

“I hated your secretary. I still resent how cowardly you were in her presence. Why didn’t you hire someone unqualified?”

FICTION

The Manzanos

My name is my grandmother’s: Ofelia Alma Zamora. I am eleven years old and too young to die, but I am dying nonetheless.

FICTION

hittingrod

His father said, What’s keeping your mother? His father’s face slack but coloring, his annoyance no parody now.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Ma: A Memoir

Sixty years of marriage had only heated the furious war between them. Every day she waited impatiently for me to take her to the hospital.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Shooting Party

Getting into fistfights, maybe; hurling insults about badly dressed bridesmaids, of course; but I didn’t expect to shoot or get shot at.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Betrayal

That evening I went to Charlotte’s room to confess. Betrayal was written on my face, in my eyes, in the movements of my hands, and I knew it.

iPOEMS

iPOEM

iPOEM

iPOEMS

No Apples, No Clover, No Hay, No Grass, No Carrots, No Maize, No Alfalfa, No Linseed, No Deep Bag of Oats

Just sugar cubes and a crop for you.

iPOEM

Cosmology for the New Year

The light from dead stars only exists in the minds of the living. The salt-echoes of your hips fall through me.

iPOEM

The Eclipse That Quenched the Ego

Draw me a map of your agonies, all the missing rivers you dried, a star-thread species nobody could keep in the grave.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

READERS' NARRATIVES

6 MUST-READS

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Goa, on the Arabian Sea

Ulrike swam in the gentle waters of the Arabian Sea. She seemed to find relief from her gloomy partner and her subservient role.

READERS' NARRATIVES

Hollywood

She said she’d sworn off men and was living with her transsexual female slave in a loft in downtown LA. She wasn’t accepting any new clients.

6 MUST-READS

We’ve chosen a miscellany—a great classic, a hilarious audio reading, a poignant photography portrait, one of the best dog stories ever written, poetry that will blow you away, and a marvelous send-up of Ayn Rand—to entertain and delight you. Enjoy!

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

The Crossing

You cut through the surface impelling yourself buoyant and unresisting the water holding you as before the undertow of this war.

POETRY

King and Other Poems

Riding away from whatever would save them, knowing the other direction is pointless and not worth suffering through.

If Eve Side-Stealer & Mary Busted-Chest Ruled the World

What if Eve was an Indian & Adam was never kneaded from the earth, Eve was Earth & ribs were her idea all along?

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Ghazals for the Body

My love has the lifespan of an Arkansas Black apple. Every time I unfold the paperclips their shear strength is less, is less.

The Children and Other Poems

I wasn’t made to live alone. One night there’s a sky with clouds by Magritte, the next you’re headed over the guardrail, and who do you tell?

POETRY

Independence Day and Other Poems

The neighbor's sprinkler is set midday to soak the sidewalk and the dying summer grass, but it makes my daughter shriek.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

From the World-Womb of Our Impending Doom

What do we hope for, horse? What do we hope for at this point? There is nowhere to run.

POETRY

Two Poems

You were never a cadet, but understood the importance of angles, the heat of friction, how uncontrollable the atmosphere.

POETRY

Electricity and Other Poems

I saw buildings shooting up into the air, skylines blossoming and wilting, the whole cycle running over and over and over: blueprints to rubble.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Interior Design and Other Poems

It’s easier to say welter is the weight of the sea, to think every gibbous moon is waxing, every crescent moon remaining the same.

POETRY

If I Die in a Combat Zone

If I must be killed, I wish to be killed by a sniper. His efficient nail does not require a tree or an IED.

POETRY

Theory of Everything and Other Poems

Maybe what really interests me in the mirror is not myself but that person who looks so interested in me.

POETRY

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

POETRY

Between a Cynic and a Romantic

We just hope someone will prove us wrong—as in reptiles have three-chamber hearts, but the crocodile is equipped with four.

Two Poems

Showering at night is short fiction, a history bulletin, a guidebook to invisible reservoirs of this region.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Poetry Readings

The master reads five of his poems during our interview with him.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2015-02

More laughs from Farley Katz, Ken Krimstein, Glen Le Lievre, Rina Piccolo, and Kim Warp.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2015-01

Great humor from Farley Katz, John Klossner, Glen Le Lievre, Rina Piccolo, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2014-09

Hilarious new cartoons by J. C. Duffy, Ken Krimstein, Glen Le Lievre, P. C. Vey, and Kim Warp.