STORY OF THE WEEK

The Decay of Lying By Oscar Wilde

The Decay of Lying

If a man is sufficiently unimaginative to produce evidence in support of a lie, he might just as well speak the truth at once.

POEM OF THE WEEK

The Doe By Leila Chatti

The Doe

When I saw her, four minutes from home, I was witness and weapon both, charging at her stillness as if I had intended to.

SEEKING GUIDANCE?

SEEKING GUIDANCE?

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The Shape of God by Tyree Daye

The Shape of God

I hold on to the shape of a star the way my aunts hold on to Jesus’s gown, his whiteness they have never trusted on anyone else.

Spring Issue

FEATURES


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Spring Issue

FEATURES

Charlottesville Burning By Trisha & Gregory Orr

Charlottesville Burning

In the face of darkness, the words and images here call to the better instincts of humanity.


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The Fate of Others By Richard Bausch

The Fate of Others

The old man looked over at him, not quite smiling. “I pissed in the fountain.” He heaved a long, slow sigh. “Twice.”

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Love Takes Hold By Michael Croley

Love Takes Hold

When he came back, the drinks freshened, she had slipped out of the dress. He was surprised by how unsurprised he was.


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Boston Commonat Twilight By Susan Minot

Boston Common
at Twilight

In that mysterious place, he would supposedly find someone to sell him pot.

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The Rescue By Joyce Carol Oates

The Rescue

Already it was late. He’d missed supper. Past 9 p.m. No one asked any longer—Where’s Daddy?

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Narrative 10 By Ocean Vuong

Narrative 10

Q: A line that continues to inspire you?

A: “What if a piece of wood discovers it’s a violin?”

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Plain Lucky By Bill Barich

Plain Lucky

The height of my lucky streak came when the magazine chose, in 1955, to award a Chevy Corvette to the World Series MVP.

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Fifteen Dogs By Rick Bass

Fifteen Dogs

You really should go back and pick up those little pups. / Ah, they’re feral, they wouldn’t make good pets, they’re irredeemable.

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Fifteen Ways to Avoid Gardening By Ann Beattie

Fifteen Ways to Avoid Gardening

Call tick control. When they don’t show up, see if mosquito control can help in their own quiet, noncarcinogenic way.

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NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

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Don’t Beat My Sister By Charmaine Craig

Don’t Beat My Sister

Htet Htet explains that her difficulty (my word, not hers) actually began before her single mother sold her to the traffickers.

NONFICTION

Losing My Mother By Kate Small

Losing My Mother

We run, balancing bags, pulling suitcases, through the airport hallways, and outside toward the cold December air.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Ca Dao By John Balaban

Ca Dao

In 1971–1972, I returned to Vietnam with a tape recorder to collect the oral poetry know as ca dao.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

iSTORIES

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Hong Kong By Nancy  Gendimenico

Hong Kong

We toured the factory. We didn’t ask what these women were paid or how they were treated.

iSTORIES

Go-Go By Robert Kinerk

Go-Go

There was this go-go place in Oakland in 1968 where Kelly took us when we first got off the ship.
Phone Cards By Mary Morrissy

Phone Cards

I needs them to call my Angelo. How else he remember me? Please, I says, but it is no good.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Schooling By Ian Spencer Bell

Schooling

We had been dancing the reverence, walking around ourselves on both sides, picking up flowers, thanking corners.

POETRY

The Shape of God By Tyree Daye

The Shape of God

I hold on to the shape of a star the way my aunts hold on to Jesus’s gown, his whiteness they have never trusted on anyone else.
Eating at the Fancy Shanghai Restaurant By Carlina Duan

Eating at the Fancy Shanghai Restaurant

tell me more / I’m hungry / how much? I stutter in English, a wingless weight.

POETRY

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POETRY

Black Sand By Matthew Gellman

Black Sand

All these barns with their busted spidery limbs strewn over the bunches of lupine as horses tuck themselves into the faultline of summer.

POETRY

A Blessing By Carlie Hoffman

A Blessing

My younger brother and I crammed our bodies underneath the round dining table, field mice entering a tulip’s ear.

POETRY

Nevada City, California, Aubade By Sharon Olds

Nevada City, California, Aubade

Others who hate injustice and extermination and murder are willing to go into its intimate places to hate it directly, up close.

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iPOEMS

POETRY

Soledad andOther Poems By Deborah Paredez

Soledad and
Other Poems

Mary Ann is a fourteen-year-old runaway. Later she’ll say, I hitchhiked my way into history.

POETRY

Ode to the Boot Scraper on the Stoop andOther Poems By Austin Smith

Ode to the Boot Scraper on the Stoop and
Other Poems

The man who broke it too poor not to put it to use.

iPOEMS

Old-Time Religion By Christopher Warner

Old-Time Religion

I light fires in the dark wake of space where you have tarried. Or died.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-07 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-07

Great new toons by Julia Bernhard, Pat Byrnes, Andrew Dicus, Mick Stevens, P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-06 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-06

New art and humor from Pat Byrnes, Farley Katz, Mary Lawton, Mick Stevens, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-05 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-05

New laughs from Lydia Conklin, Kaamran Hafeez, David Rowles, P. C. Vey, and Kim Warp.