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STORY OF THE WEEK

Singing By Patricia Sammon

Singing

Father, when you press your ear to the screen and this man begins to tell you about the accident, tell him he is my enemy and therefore I love him.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Testament By Matt Terhune

Testament

To be handed the story of the beautiful and brutal world rather than the tale of transcendence, mother raised by the arms of radiance to God’s mouth.

NARRATIVE IN THE SCHOOLS

NARRATIVE IN THE SCHOOLS

30 WONDERFUL POEMS

Guests of Gravity By Marsha Rabe

Guests of Gravity

There’s a kindly, slow-motion clunkiness to our decline. We’re half an inch behind ourselves, on our own faint trail, catching up.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

The Session By T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Session

You didn’t need psychotherapy anymore. You didn’t need books and study and lab rats—all you needed was this, a little pink pill.

FICTION

Vieques By Kevin A. González

Vieques

She unfurled a Puerto Rican flag, pulled a Luger automatic from her purse, and yelled “¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!”

FICTION

Merry Elf By Tom Jenks

Merry Elf

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

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Obsession By Josip Novakovich

Obsession

Instead of trusting him more after solving the mystery of Obsession, she mistrusted him more: he was a liar. She trusted herself even less.

FICTION

Safe Harbor By Morgan  Talty

Safe Harbor

The ambulance arrives. Seven EMTs. They ask my mother questions. She cannot answer them, and in that she’s truthful.

FICTION

Out to Lunch By Marian Thurm

Out to Lunch

At her new job on Madison Avenue at a glossy magazine, Mel will, it’s been promised, be meeting famously brilliant writers.

FICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

FICTION

Dido and the Lottery By Katherine Vaz

Dido and the Lottery

She’d won $250. To double-check, she carried the ticket to her lamp. She’d made a mistake. The prize was $250,000.

NONFICTION

Dante on Broadway By Hal  Crowther

Dante on Broadway

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

NONFICTION

Pilots By Bridget Quinn

Pilots

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

NARRATIVE 10

NARRATIVE BY HAND

CLASSICS

NARRATIVE 10

Ten Questions for Nathan Englander

Ten Questions

I remember reading 1984 on the basement floor when I was way too young and immediately understanding what a novel could do.

NARRATIVE BY HAND

Notes and Annotations By William Butler Yeats

Notes and Annotations

Handwritten drafts of “Byzantium,” “Easter 1916,” “Under Ben Bulben,” and other poems.

CLASSICS

In the Shadowof the Glen By John Synge

In the Shadow
of the Glen

Maybe cold would be no sign of death with the like of him, for he was always cold, but I’m thinking it’s dead he is surely.

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

POETRY

POETRY

NARRATIVE OUTLOUD

Ca Dao By John Balaban

Ca Dao

In 1971–1972, on a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, I returned to Vietnam with a tape recorder to collect the oral poetry know as ca dao.

POETRY

Affliction Parish and Other Poems By Wendy Barnes

Affliction Parish and Other Poems

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

POETRY

Poems from OBIT By Victoria Chang

Poems from OBIT

There are moments that are like brushstrokes, when only much later after the ocean is finished, become the cliff’s edge that it was all along.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Winnipesaukee and Other Poems By Heather Christle

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

Dear John andOther Poems By Lisa Fay  Coutley

Dear John and
Other Poems

From the other side of the wall I hear the woman who could just as easily be me in my bathroom repeating I  am  forty.

POETRY

First Law of Thermodynamics and Other Poems By Courtney Flerlage

First Law of Thermodynamics and Other Poems

Sam from the balcony above mine, at night I can’t see the stars above me because your balcony is in the way.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Annunciation of the Self-Enclosed God By Gina Franco

Annunciation of the Self-Enclosed God

Once summoned, what is left but to become a flash of angel, or ghost, a bar of time, motionless but about to move.

POETRY

Exhaling andOther Poems By Bob Hicok

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

The Wilderness around Us andOther Poems By Gwendolyn Ann Hill

The Wilderness around Us and
Other Poems

As we push our way south, the sea fights us, sends currents of tentacled strangers against us.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Anemoia andOther Poems By Keetje  Kuipers

Anemoia and
Other Poems

Already my daughter’s learned nostalgia by example, what to feel at a loon’s call or when passing a blue door.

POETRY

Oh You Little Faith By Robin Myers

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

Kunitzieform By Sharon Olds

Kunitzieform

When Stanley’s thought was done, he turned his long, loping engine toward the task of telling it, word by word.

POETRY

POETRY

iPOEMS

POETRY

Orisha Poems By Leslie Sainz

Orisha Poems

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

POETRY

What’s Happening By Lauren K. Watel

What’s Happening

The night, all the darknesses, the secrets and the hiding places, these will be memories, and even they will burn.

iPOEMS

People We Will Never See Again By Ted Kooser

People We Will Never See Again

He began singing, but softly, the words to a song that played above our heavy silence.

FALL CONTEST WINNERS

First Place




Second Place




Third Place

FALL CONTEST WINNERS

First Place

Things That Don’t Keep a Lightning Bug Alive By Brenden Willey

Things That Don’t Keep a Lightning Bug Alive

I had some in my jar when my dad said Get what else you need for a couple days, we’re going to find your mother.




Second Place

The Winterist By Renée  Thompson

The Winterist

Owen O’Keefe would have stayed in bed an extra hour, but he had no time for sickness. Mrs. Raleigh had called a little after 6 a.m., saying her miniature horse was dying.




Third Place

Four Hundred Rings By Courtney Marcelo  Norton

Four Hundred Rings

With a swish of his quill, the judge made it a fact. Reuben woke up that morning a colored boy; when he went to bed he was, in the eyes of the law, a white child.

N30B WINNERS

First Place



Second Place



Third Place

N30B WINNERS

First Place

All the Girls Are Fat in Heaven By Madison Dettlinger

All the Girls Are Fat in Heaven

The thing about not eating is it takes strength. Secret strength too, which is the hardest kind.



Second Place

Reading Rilke and Other Poems By Aria Aber

Reading Rilke and Other Poems

The men here don’t know where to place me, call me exotic grail, call me Ariana. Any other they know.



Third Place

Asteroid B612 By Anna Besh

Asteroid B612

Once I drove your car home after an entire night spent in the dark—a group of us trudging along to the top of a mountain.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-03 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-03

Great new toons by Pat Byrnes, Lydia Conklin, Bob Eckstein, Mick Stevens, and Julia Suits.
Cartoon Art Volume 2019-02 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-02

New laughs from Seth Fleishman, Sam Marlow, Kim Warp, Sofia Warren, and P. C. Vey.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-01 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-01

New art and humor from Pat Byrnes, Maddie Dai, Joe Dator, Sara Lautman, and David Rowles.