STORY OF THE WEEK

Valley By Heather Brittain Bergstrom

Valley

Yes, she smokes in her car. What of it? But only in the Walgreens parking lot, and only to spite her husband of twenty-odd years.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Alva Watches the Previous President Fly Away By L.S. McKee

Alva Watches the Previous President Fly Away

The past is never a peaceful transfer. One leader watches as another is forced to flee.

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FICTION

Devil’s Child By Farnaz Fassihi

Devil’s Child

In order to reach the clinic, if you could even call it that, Sima and I had to take four taxis and one bus from our dorm at Tehran University to the city’s southern slums.

Winter Issue

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A Small Blip on an Eternal Timeline By Ifeoma Sesiana Amobi

A Small Blip on an Eternal Timeline

My family came to America when I was one, and in my tiny luggage bag my mother stuffed dreams too large for me to carry.

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The Rage of the Squat King By Rick Bass

The Rage of the Squat King

What would make a sane, much less an educated, person want to watch such blood sport?

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The End of Life By Yoon Choi

The End of Life

He thinks with joy and conviction that the Japanese are his enemy. It is a wonderful thing to have an enemy.

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You Can’t Keep Going Like This By Shane Delaney

You Can’t Keep Going Like This

I appreciate the Plunge is special to you, sir, the guard said. But it’s special to everyone else too.

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Naming By Yelena  Furman

Naming

I sensed that a name defined who I was and would be in the future. Renaming myself was a little like being reborn.

CLASSICS

POETRY

POETRY

CLASSICS

The Joy of Writing and Other Poems By Wisława Szymborska

The Joy of Writing and Other Poems

I’m working on the world, revised, improved edition, featuring fun for fools, blues for brooders.

POETRY

Miracle of Lights / Ode to MyImperfect Love By Sara Brickman

Miracle of Lights / Ode to My
Imperfect Love

Olive oil and paprika slant, just a little bent to the eye that’s looking.

POETRY

from “The Last Bohemian ofAvenue A” By Yusef Komunyakaa

from “The Last Bohemian of
Avenue A”

Sweet talk an antihero with wet kisses on his eyelids, saying, Come over here & lie down.

iPOEMS

READERS’ NARRATIVES

CARTOONS

iPOEMS

Feathered Cup By Shangyang  Fang

Feathered Cup

Read this beautiful, dreamlike poem—a complete universe on a single screen.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Washington, DC By Jonathan Fink

Washington, DC

My wife calls to say my daughter’s eye is out, initially suspected lost on the National Mall.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-12 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2019-12

New art and humor by Seth Fleishman, David Rowles, Mick Stevens, Julia Suits, and P. C. Vey.