STORY OF THE WEEK

Marauder with Flag

I’ve been stabbed and impaled and blown up and flayed and been eaten by piranhas. Strangely none of it made it to the final cut.

POEM OF THE WEEK

The Tradition

We thought fingers in dirt meant it was our dirt, learning names in heat, in elements classical philosophers said could change us.

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FICTION

Fame

“I only wanted to tell you that it’s really the wisest and funniest play I think I’ve ever . . .” He resolved once again to develop some gracious set of replies.

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

FICTION

NONFICTION

Dante on Broadway

Who benefits when we obscure, neglect, and trivialize the accumulated knowledge of the past and its printed artifacts?

NONFICTION

Pilots

Our unspoken family motto, revered as any coat of arms, was something like We Shall Take No Shit.

FICTION

Merry Elf

You’re not yourself, his wife Ana said. It was what she always said. She was right, in a way.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Affliction Parish and Other Poems

Under the numb of sunrise, our synapses atrophied in sweet tea, we watch the floodwaters seethe then recede.

POETRY

Winnipesaukee and Other Poems

Some years a truck fell through the ice, and others someone would lean back too far laughing at a joke. The boat’s motor would take off their legs.

POETRY

Exhaling and
Other Poems

I was a skinhead in look and seem, a balding guy trying out the future with a shaved head while wearing blue jeans and a white T.

POETRY

POETRY

CARTOONS

POETRY

Oh You Little Faith

What if you really have, by now, acquired everything you need from the people who made you because they wanted to make you.

POETRY

Orisha Poems

Mother, I am not married but I give, am giving, fullness. Am conjuring. Egret in flight. Scent of powder, sea foam.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2018-12

Unreal and all-too-real new cartoons by Pat Byrnes, Felipe Galindo Gomez, Charlie Hankin, P. C. Vey, and Kim Warp.