STORY OF THE WEEK

Don’t Touch Anything

To say that I was not ready to move on to my third year may have been an understatement, but my first two years were up.

POEM OF THE WEEK

A Lot Going On
Up There

If anything, seeing the hawk hovering in the glass-top patio table makes it more majestic. The clouds a mattress too far to touch.

LESS IS MORE

iSTORY

Objects of Desire

Hopelessly in love, and going crazy as a virginal bachelor nearing thirty, Xin Bao had gotten drunk and stolen a hyacinth macaw to give the girl as a gift.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

A Vacuum Is a Space Entirely Devoid of Matter

In jail, or on my reservation, you’d get your teeth loosened for lying like that.

FICTION

She’s the Bomb

The words she can’t say are looping over and over like a short circuit in her brain: There’s a bomb in the Bank Center quad. A bomb, you hear me?

FICTION

Warrior Jesus

What you see, right off, is that this isn’t the sort of hero who’ll turn the other cheek or out of some misguided notion of fairness or love.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Let Him Go On, Mama

He was coming, bringing the storm with him, as if dragging it up from someplace downstream.

FICTION

All Saints’ Eve

I’d been in the military long enough to know that most leaders succeeded because they took credit for other people’s work. It was no secret.

FICTION

The Kingdom

In her heart she knew no one would find her father before he found his daughter. She doubted anybody was even really looking for him anymore.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

The Storm of
the Century

He wants Rebecca to tell him as if she holds the piece of the puzzle, the key to the secret. And, of course, she does.

FICTION

The Catch

We’d like to talk to you about her relationship with this kid, Gage, a policeman said on the phone, as if Ms. Bell and Gage had a connection that wasn’t sex, sex, sex, sex, sex.

FICTION

Stepfather

He saw how at least on one count Grace had been right—once started, it would go on for the rest of their lives.

NARRATIVE 10

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NARRATIVE 10

An Interview

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

Stop doing what you do most easily.

NONFICTION

The Under-Assistant West Coast Promotion Man

When Alfred A. Knopf hired me as a book publicist, I thought my troubles were over. I had no idea how difficult writers can be.

NONFICTION

180 Sumac

My adopted brother died in a car crash not six miles from this room when we were twenty, and my life was ripped in two: before and after.

FEATURES

FEATURES

SHORT SHORTS

FEATURES

Allegiance

The first one, two, three steps I take across the room are taken with trepidation. And, so to speak, in midair.

FEATURES

Secret and
Suggestion in
Peter Taylor’s “Allegiance”

Peter Taylor’s stories are jigsaw puzzles of nuance.

SHORT SHORTS

Thompson’s Boots

Five klicks south of Phuoc Vinh, Val at my side and my first visit since the war, I’m searching the old firebase—grown back to jungle after thirty years.

SPRING CONTEST WINNERS

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Third Place

SPRING CONTEST WINNERS

First Place

The Rotten Ones

This is how my dad tells it. It’s one of my favorite stories of his. He says I was a madman, a lunatic, that before I overdosed, they couldn’t control me.





Second Place

Midnight Sun

In 2016 I returned to Norway with my brother Anders to meet our distant relatives and research a family history we’d only known through stories.





Third Place

Shards

In the past four months he’s yelled, called us names, slammed doors, and thrown things at walls, but this, us being here like this, is a shock.

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

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Third Place

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

First Place

The Food Chain

I work on saying no. This word can refract around the shell of an ear into dual translation. This word in a woman’s mouth is spliced with mist.





Second Place

Free Huey P. Newton with Every Purchase and Other Poems

Today only, every purchase of a canister of carcinogens saves one ten-thousandth of a duck!





Third Place

Watching the Foxes

The young mother does not know how to live without a mother. Shipwrecked by grief, she can barely wake herself, feed the baby.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Genuine Fakes and Other Poems

Rarely a night not raining in that piped-in backdrop—cue sorrow—or a sky so full of stars it could mean great cities imploded.

POETRY

The Detached and Other Poems

I dream of becoming a scar on China’s face because when it was moaning and bleeding I too trembled in spasms.

POETRY

All My Pretty Ones

A man lets loose his hounds, or he ties up his hounds loosely. He lives in a nice house, for a few years, blamelessly. Or he lives in a white house.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Pardoning

Is my body blameless? Imagine drowning in yellow lilies or being born twice mallow-soft like a drying kiss of dew. Hades, I am your mother too.

POETRY

The Resemblance of the Enzymes of Grasses to Those of Whales Is a Family Resemblance

We love it when animals act like us.

Summer, Rhode Island and
Other Poems

It wasn’t until you saw blood in the toilet and saw the red unfurl, you let the sadness in.

CLASSICS

CLASSICS

CLASSICS

Alturas

Almighty death invited me many times: it was like the hidden salt in waves, and its invisible flavors tasted like collapsing shipwrecks.

CLASSICS

Bleecker Street, Summer

It is a month of street accordions and sprinklers laying the dust, small shadows running from me.

Adam’s Curse

We sat together at summer’s end, that beautiful woman, your close friend, and you and I, and talked of poetry.

iPOEMS

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

iPOEMS

Marriage as
Light Socket

Loss: as if you could lock your teeth against it. Or slam the front door to keep it out.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

When Enough Is Enough: Age and the Creative Impulse

Some writers persist into old age; others, many others, run out of heat.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Reading Three Poems

Great blue mountain! Ghost. I look at you from the porch of the farmhouse where I watched you all summer as a boy.

GRAPHIC STORIES

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

GRAPHIC STORIES

Adventures of a Would-Be Filmmaker

I am a painter, but I’ve always dreamed of making movies. Since I am in my seventies, it is now or never, and I know it.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2017-11

Great new toons by Pat Byrnes, Glen Le Lievre, John Klossner, Amy Kurzweil, and P. C. Vey

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2017-10

New laughs from Todd Condron, Charlie Hankin, John Klossner, Julia Suits, and P. C. Vey.