STORY OF THE WEEK

The Novel Démeublé By Willa Cather

The Novel Démeublé

It is the inexplicable presence of the thing not named that gives high quality to the novel, as well as to poetry itself.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Dad— By Lizabeth Yandel

Dad—

That night you drove your car into a ditch is now family myth. Creation tale. Disaster that birthed our second coming.

POETRY CONTEST

POETRY CONTEST

Open to all poets. Narrative is always looking for new voices, and all entries will be considered for publication. Each entry may contain up to five poems.

Please see the Guidelines.

NARRATIVE FIRSTS

Publishing First-Time Authors

Publishing First-Time Authors

First-time authors are a regular feature in Narrative. Read the works of some of the remarkable poets and writers who first appeared here.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

The Rooms By Susan Minot

The Rooms

What she wanted, she found herself saying before the sob choked her, was to be able to live—not just with another person, but with herself.

FICTION

The Prepper By Morgan Talty

The Prepper

My grandfather had two children: a son and a daughter. Mom was first. I’ll tell the story even though it fills me with rage.

NONFICTION

INTERVIEWS

NONFICTION

Tina Turner and My Father By Deborah Paredez

Tina Turner and My Father

A diva’s voice elevates a song into a diva anthem by carrying both struggle and perseverance, both trauma and triumph.

INTERVIEWS

Narrative 10 By R. O. Kwon

Narrative 10

I often think of something my graduate-school mentor Michael Cunningham once said, that our characters are not floating balls of disembodied energy.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2024-05 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2024-05

New laughs with some up-close exposure, muscles that just won’t let go, surprising answers about job security, and more.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2024-06 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2024-06

New laughs with some loving parents, a surprisingly rough-tongued muse, emotions ready to boil over, and more.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Food Poem By Emily Alexander

Food Poem

After olives after almonds after anchovies. After baguettes, every seasonal berry smashed into jam and dripped down the fronts of shirts.

POETRY

Fire Emblem By JP Allen

Fire Emblem

Autumn to autumn, I hold your face in cardboard under my bed till I place it on my paper altar for the Day of the Dead. Well. Most years I forget.

POETRY

Requiem By Bruce Bond

Requiem

The more dissonance you hear, the more you listen, the more it tears from the bone. You could weep for months, years. And then, you stop.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Passing and Other Poems By John Freeman

Passing and Other Poems

I look up and meet a woman’s eyes. It’s early evening the night could go another way and for the length of a stride it could.

POETRY

Gargantuan By T. De Los Reyes

Gargantuan

My childhood is a city where tenderness was frowned upon, yet you are now holding my body, whose shape is exactly what I need it to be.

POETRY

Rasam and Beans Curry By Supritha Rajan

Rasam and Beans Curry

When I raise a spoon of beans roasted with coconut to my mouth, what I see condenses to a series of images.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

The Reader in Quarantine By Sharon Olds

The Reader in Quarantine

The reader was no longer fifty, or sixty. She did not really think of herself as an old woman, though she called herself one.

POETRY

Lightning Takes the Form of Hope By Reed Turchi

Lightning Takes the Form of Hope

There is nothing I can do, or say, so I turn up the radio, drown myself in climax of guitar to match the boiling in my blood.

POETRY

The Baby Survives By Sam Stokley

The Baby Survives

Imagine shucking the whole cob in one go. A legion of hands gripping the fresh sweet corn and yanking, sun-kissed hair and husk left on the stalk.