STORY OF THE WEEK

Destined By Sasha Vasilyuk

Destined

Not a day had gone by as I sat bored and numb in my middle-school ESL class in foggy San Francisco that I hadn’t dreamt about returning to Moscow.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Autumn Reverie By David Lee

Autumn Reverie

A strange odd lost duck day all over—sunrise with a honed edge like a table saw trembling to get started on a bait of cured hickory after an early moonset.

OPEN TO ALL WRITERS

OPEN TO ALL WRITERS

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AWARDS FOR OUR AUTHORS

AWARDS FOR OUR AUTHORS
The Nobel Prize, National Medal of the Arts, Pushcart Prize, and many other accolades have been received by Narrative authors, including ones whose first publications were here.

Fall Issue

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Fall Issue

FICTION

The Toll By Daniel Mason

The Toll

There had been a lot written, he said, about the biology, the epidemiology of the pandemic, but very little on the soul.

FICTION

Ice Cream By Rae Canaan

Ice Cream

Unbeknownst to him, she had been a stone in the shape of a girl the whole time, sinking in her very own ocean.

FICTION

Freedom By Ha Jin

Freedom

He meant to show his superiors that he was not someone they could kick around at will and that he had dignity and principles.

NARRATIVE 10

POETRY

POETRY

NARRATIVE 10

An Interview with Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

An Interview

Dr. Seuss has the Shakespearean aspect of being completely beholden to language while also bending language for his own purposes.

POETRY

The Invention of the Darling By Li-Young Lee

The Invention of
the Darling

What we can’t see are two bodies moving at the speed of longing, burning at the blinding rate of dying, traveling in several worlds at once.

POETRY

Genesis and Other Poems By Sharon Olds

Genesis and
Other Poems

I forget what it was like—for most of ten years, to wake next to no one, a being reduced, like the handiwork of a sculptor who could not stop.

iSTORIES

iPOEMS

CARTOONS

iSTORIES

The Right Fielder By Tom Lakin

The Right Fielder

The right fielder winces, clocking the ball’s swift descent. A lone thought in his mind: Catch it, for God’s sake, catch it.

iPOEMS

Third Act By Ed McManis

Third Act

You retell the story and I wait for my cues, when to smile, nod, the dark part where we both are silent.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-08 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-08

Great new toons by Sam Patnoe, Ali Solomon, Mick Stevens, P. C. Vey, and Kim Warp.