STORY OF THE WEEK

Top Dog By Jon Wiley Ulmer

Top Dog

Dante’s warning at the gates of Hell is nowhere to be seen. Nothing about the shop commands he give up hope. On the contrary.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Song of the Old Mother By William Butler Yeats

Song of the
Old Mother

The young lie long and dream in their bed of the matching of ribbons for bosom and head, and their days go over in idleness.

FINAL WEEKS TO ENTER

FINAL WEEKS TO ENTER
Deadline: Fri., July 17, at midnight, PDT.

“Rare relief springs from poetry,” wrote C. D. Wright. We agree and are seeking poets and poems to celebrate with prizes and publication.

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SEEKING STORIES AND ESSAYS

SEEKING STORIES AND ESSAYS
Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, and have appeared in collections such as The Best American Short Stories.

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Spring Issue

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Spring Issue

POETRY

Across the Sea: A Sequence By Gbenga Adesina

Across the Sea: A Sequence

On the sea, your prayer is not to the whorl scarf of waves. Your prayer is to the fitful sleep of the dead.

POETRY

In Airports By Erin Belieu

In Airports

It was the season for    weeping   in airports  for walking    and bleeding   in airports—

POETRY

To Cicero’s Hand By Malachi Black

To Cicero’s Hand

In Rome they hailed: and fixed you, wrist-wise, with a nine-inch nail, to a gray beam of the Rostra in the public square.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

From Deluge By Leila Chatti

From Deluge

I won’t be the last to look into a painting like a mirror, to ignore the glutted world in order to better scrutinize the self.

POETRY

You Said Eden Disappeared and Other Poems By Traci Brimhall

You Said Eden Disappeared and Other Poems

Even when God flooded the world, he loved it. Even when he promised to destroy it again with cleansing fire.

POETRY

Holy Defense and Other Poems By Armen Davoudian

Holy Defense and Other Poems

A volcano in Italy and the salamander fit to live in the fire of myth, safely immune to it.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Dementia Bus By Lisa Dordal

Dementia Bus

My father keeps merging houses, first wife and second. He knows me, he doesn’t know me.

POETRY

Fish By Shangyang  Fang

Fish

It was a clean doing. No blood. Only the white scales descended like pear blossoms, wafting the metallic scent of snow.

POETRY

Separation and Other Poems By John Freeman

Separation and Other Poems

We think we worship life, but we have made a botch of this, encircling ponds and trees with the smelt of disused weapons.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

The Archive Is All in Present Tense and Other Poems By Elizabeth Hoover

The Archive Is All in Present Tense and Other Poems

I sort through tea lights, radio crackles, fortune-tellers predicting the man who will marry you.

POETRY

North to Natoma and Other Poems By Kira Jan

North to Natoma and Other Poems

Daylike, we pass by empty lots of orchard land, the topsoil kept down more by pacing feet than water.

POETRY

Night Talks By Farah Kader

Night Talks

your stories used to spill from you bubble up and over words unable to catch up to one another between hot breaths

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

In Custody and Other Poems By Kawita Kandpal

In Custody and Other Poems

I have written the word for distance upon your tongue. It is a field of almond trees sharp like the seams of a Kashmiri wind.

POETRY

Dancing Cheek to Cheek By Natan Last

Dancing Cheek
to Cheek

I told T (who I haven’t seen cry) men in Nairobi held hands wherever they walked, though the streets didn’t have names.

POETRY

Between Hospital Visiting Hours By A.D. Lauren-Abunassar

Between Hospital Visiting Hours

The river was a dark lung and a fast machine, whistled humors humors month-mottled with slow freeze and ice

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Learning the Ancestors’ Tongues and Other Poems By Philip Metres

Learning the Ancestors’ Tongues and Other Poems

And you call us gathering together a murder? Is it the inked iridescence of our feathers?

POETRY

Rundown By Jerome Ellison Murphy

Rundown

in shaded suburbs there are shades neighbors dread and I wonder when that tree will let go which must be taller by now and reaching closer or dead.

POETRY

The Niger Sings of Blood By Romeo Oriogun

The Niger Sings
of Blood

A man could give up the world to call his home by a name his ears could hear in the middle of a shelling.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

From Notes at the Grave of James Felix Quigley By James Kelly Quigley

From Notes at the Grave of James Felix Quigley

Hello drug, hello dreg, my innumerable & faceless angels. Hello anger, my birthright, come now to the water’s edge.

POETRY

Prayer Before Turning on the News By Hila Ratzabi

Prayer Before Turning on the News

Let something have been fixed today: The deal among the nations signed, the guns, all of them, taken away.

POETRY

The Animals and Other Poems By Natalie Rose Richardson

The Animals and Other Poems

The morning after, my mother and father woke and found one snake at the foot of their bed, its belly thick and pulsing with the other.

POETRY

iPOEMS

POETRY

Whatever You Can By Taije Silverman

Whatever You Can

The German psychic healer on the island of Sardinia said the cat food beside her back door represented my ambivalence.

iPOEMS

Floating By Karen Harryman

Floating

I bought her a sweatshirt with The Future Is Female printed in simple black letters. And today the florescent rainbow bikini?

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Isolation By Richard Bausch

Isolation

There he is, a man she knows to be good and gentle, sitting there being himself, confident in her and in their lives.

FICTION

Fort Pierce, Florida By Lisa Cupolo

Fort Pierce, Florida

In this part of the country, they can ask you anything. They can be openly curious about you and demand to know your name. And you better answer.

FICTION

The Frenchman By James  Jung

The Frenchman

My mother was coming to New York to see the Frenchman who’d been in love with her for the past fifty years.

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

ANTHOLOGY

NONFICTION

A Life with Bears By Rick Bass

A Life with Bears

Why do bears matter? Let me tell you a little bit about a thing I love while it is still here on the earth.

NONFICTION

I Long to Kiss You: Napoli in the Time of Coronavirus By Heather Hartley

I Long to Kiss You: Napoli in the Time
of Coronavirus

For the past eighteen years, I’ve lived in two cultures that take their kisses very seriously.

ANTHOLOGY

We’ve Been Here Before: Stories in a Time of Plague By Various Authors

We’ve Been Here Before: Stories in a Time of Plague

Collected here are works selected from our archive to lend comfort, cheer, and hope to us all.

iSTORIES

READERS’ NARRATIVES

READERS’ NARRATIVES

iSTORIES

Weightless By James Silberstein

Weightless

During the last of it, the death rattle is so loud we give him the morphine we promised we wouldn’t.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Nowhere, Australia By Natasha Ayaz

Nowhere, Australia

When we emerged, the shore was littered with luminous discs, hundreds of toxic blue jellies lying washed up like evil eyes.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

My Mother’s Marathons By Sara Houghteling

My Mother’s Marathons

On April 20, my mother, age seventy-one, decided to run her own marathon, her first solo, her twenty-fourth overall.

GRAPHIC STORIES

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

GRAPHIC STORIES

Last Flight from Bordeaux By Sofia Warren

Last Flight
from Bordeaux

If I’d known there’d be a worldwide epidemic, I wouldn’t have relinquished my apartment and moved to France.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-06 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-06

New art and humor from Pat Byrnes, Glen Le Lievre, David Rowles, Julia Suits, and Chris Weyant.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-05 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-05

Great new toons by Seth Fleishman, Drew Panckeri, Mick Stevens, P. C. Vey, and Kim Warp.