STORY OF THE WEEK

With or Without the Dog By Isabelle Stillman

With or Without the Dog

She got the house, he got the dog. Fine. Fair. Not forever—just until the papers were filed. The whole thing settled.

POEM OF THE WEEK

The Traveling Onion By Naomi Shihab Nye

The Traveling Onion

I would never scold the onion for causing tears. It is right that tears fall for something small and forgotten.

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

Forgettable Life and Other Poems By Kwame Dawes

Forgettable Life and Other Poems

I do think of how we live out these complete lives unseen by those who should know, and how at death, the lasting scent of things fades.

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

Dependents and Other Poems By Cate Lycurgus

Dependents and Other Poems

Life nothing but one massive lag—shoulds & shouldn’ts unwound now to dids & didn’t you feel the mainspring let down & love it, regardless?

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS

Force Majeure and Other Poems By Julia Anna Morrison

Force Majeure and Other Poems

You assure me you will find me in the next life, and the one after, that no other mother will do.

SPRING CONTEST WINNERS

SPRING CONTEST WINNERS

FICTION

SPRING CONTEST WINNERS

Bad Girl in Berlin By S.L. Wisenberg

Bad Girl in Berlin

Etta and I were close as sisters. Every girl wanted to look like us. Men talking to us all the time. Are you a natural blonde? As if that were a new line. Can I take you out for a drink?

SPRING CONTEST WINNERS

The Dishwashing Women By Tryphena L. Yeboah

The Dishwashing Women

Adoma was the youngest, and at twenty-nine she didn’t want to accept that well-meaning people designed their homes with small rooms of this kind for other humans.

FICTION

Rouses Point By Sarah Balakrishnan

Rouses Point

A scowl was growing on the man’s face, but if Marnie noticed it, she didn’t understand. For all her skill in moving men’s hearts, she could never tell when the effect she had was just the opposite.

FICTION

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FICTION

The Long Consequence By Richard Bausch

The Long Consequence

It was a beautiful morning. But there in front of the house was his son’s ratty old Thunderbird—askew, muddy, wrecked. You couldn’t look past it.

FICTION

When People Fall By Ann Beattie

When People Fall

If the person who falls becomes unconscious, their dog might lick their toes. Assuming they have a dog. And were barefoot when they fell.

FICTION

Uncertainty Is the Problem By Tom Grimes

Uncertainty Is the Problem

“Do you think I’m drinking out of this pint whiskey bottle for sport? I’m an injured Christian.”

FICTION

FICTION

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FICTION

The Russian Tank Commander, the Capitalist, and the Cover Girl By Josh Haven

The Russian Tank Commander, the Capitalist, and the Cover Girl

He was in the uncomfortable position of knowing that Gazneft could outbribe him.

FICTION

Bridesmaid, Revisited By Katherine Heiny

Bridesmaid, Revisited

It’s hard to say why Marlee wears the bridesmaid’s dress to work today. It’s the kind of decision that comes from a hangover and a laundry crisis.

FICTION

Holy Men By David Rabe

Holy Men

I had no idea how fitting this passing field of tombstones would prove to be. I was on my way to visit Father Lillius, from whom I'd been estranged for a dozen years.

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READERS’ NARRATIVES

FICTION

The Garden of Israel Will Never Sleep By Sandra Sidi

The Garden of Israel Will Never Sleep

Israelis aren’t usually buried in coffins. Dust to dust, like the Bible says, but with soldiers sometimes there’s no body, so they put us in coffins.

FICTION

Turkey Day By Morgan Talty

Turkey Day

My sister Jess was getting out of prison the day before Thanksgiving, and Mom was sober and said she would host Thanksgiving. I was excited.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles By Shanda Connolly

Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles

It was my grandmother who first taught me how to find the North Star and the Big Dipper, where to look for them in the night sky.

CLASSIC

POETRY

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CLASSIC

Slepnevo, 1916 By Anna Akhmatova

Slepnevo, 1916

Like a white stone sunk down a well, The memory inside me. I can’t struggle against it: joy and suffering inseparable.

POETRY

Consanguinity By Kaitlyn Airy

Consanguinity

This is what   it must have sounded like   in the hollow of her: a timbre   not unlike a hushed beach fire   blue with salt faint hiss of smoke

POETRY

The Marcos Highway By Alexandria Delcourt

The Marcos Highway

The war never ended here, merely hid itself in the violent heat, disguised the sky as a tangle of black wire, crept up onto the sides of buildings.

POETRY

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My Father’s Ampersand By William Fargason

My Father’s Ampersand

looks like a dollar sign   as if he drew a tree trunk struck   by lightning as if he had forgotten   that shorthand squiggle

POETRY

Of or Pertaining to the Dog Days By Timothy Leo

Of or Pertaining to the Dog Days

I do not want to maim my father. I want to suck, sleep, lie. Cradled at his hip, sole hooked in popliteal fossa, breathing his fur, his folds.

POETRY

Long-Haul Poems By Brandon Lewis

Long-Haul Poems

Argue they’re misunderstood even while they swallow us whole. What is understanding but whatever the mind no longer slathers with longing?

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Salt and Other Poems By Richard Quigley

Salt and Other Poems

Once, I wanted you around my waist so we could dance. Now I call my friends, afraid my stories will be overwritten in order to bail you out.

POETRY

Because I Am a Good Shot and Other Poems By Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Because I Am a Good Shot and Other Poems

I shoot a piece of paper so pale, from far away, it could be an image of me. After the range, I search for pills in my desk drawer.

POETRY

Helen of Troy By Maria Zoccola

Helen of Troy

Much later, when the clothes were washed and dried, three women came in their nakedness so i could choose from among them the most beautiful.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2022-09 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2022-09

Dogs, cats, and human conundrums from Kendra Allenby, Kaamram Hafeez, Mary Lawton, Ali Solomon, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2022-10 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2022-10

Wolves, sheep, pronouns, old movies, and laughs from P. C. Vey, Todd Condron, Pat Byrnes, Mick Stevens, and Kim Warp.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2022-11 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2022-11

Whale watching, medicine, support animals, with humor from Tyson Cole, David Gomberg, Dan Misdea, Teresa Parkhurst Burns, and David Rowles.