STORY OF THE WEEK

Computer Blurs, Blackouts, Audio Hiccups, and Stardust By Marianne Boruch

Computer Blurs, Blackouts, Audio Hiccups, and Stardust

It’s a time warp for me at the computer these days.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Nostalgia in February By Kelsey Hennegen

Nostalgia in February

I get it. My profundity problem. I want everything to mean. To have worth and weight.

ENTER TODAY

ENTER TODAY

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FICTION

What You Get By Benjamin Alire Sáenz

What You Get

I sat there in awe, drinking a glass of wine and smoking a cigarette, in love with the apocalypse. Then all of a sudden I saw a guy walking down the street.

Winter Issue

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Winter Issue

FICTION

Bioko By Bill Barich

Bioko

Of course we drank too much during the crisis. The country was in shreds, tearing itself apart at the seams. Clubs, machetes, widespread rioting, then rumors of a civil war.

FICTION

Telepathic Message in Time of Crisis By Ann Beattie

Telepathic Message in Time of Crisis

He considers my writing interchangeable with other coronavirus activities, such as staring at your bank balance while sucking the ends of your hair.

FICTION

The Crossing Guard By Sara Houghteling

The Crossing Guard

He stops and frowns. “You going to be okay out here? I mean, a woman, by herself, in the dark?”
This hasn’t made it on to my list of worries.

FICTION

NARRATIVE 10

NONFICTION

FICTION

oh By Lance Olsen

oh

Before stepping out, Doctor Dressler left a note on the kitchen countertop, black marker on yellow lined paper: Suicide. Back by 7:00. Love, Max.

NARRATIVE 10

Ten Questions for Paisley Rekdal

Ten Questions

I wish I could return to my early twenties when I was suffering from insomnia and, to while away the nights, turned to nineteenth-century novels.

NONFICTION

Beachfront By J. D. Debris

Beachfront

This beach is the perfect place to sip iced coffee, strum major-seventh chords, or meditate on the complete and utter destruction of humanity.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Bedtime Stories By Yasmine Ameli

Bedtime Stories

My mama and her cousins ride bikes to the Caspian in their bikinis. The oil is good, the rial strong. When bearded men yell at the girls, they just laugh.

POETRY

The Goodbyes By John Balaban

The Goodbyes

Say their names all you want, you are calling after ghosts: Dead parents, good or bad, dwelling in terminal silence.

POETRY

Real Trees Are a Different Matter By Emma Binder

Real Trees Are a Different Matter

Canadian geese stand agog at real trees, real lake, wondering at the call of exodus unmooring webbed feet.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

The Idea of Antarctica By Kōan Anne Brink

The Idea of Antarctica

When the islands dry up, there is no telling a difference, there will be no needing to tell a difference. Silk cloud, silk veil of rock unfolding.

POETRY

Nothing (Elegy for My Father) By Patrick Thomas Casey

Nothing (Elegy for My Father)

Nothing stills, nothing stops. The world is still as it was before. The gulls still cry their nothing sounds; the sea still toils as nothing drowns.

POETRY

Not an Elegy By Patrick James Errington

Not an Elegy

Thank fuck there’s still a little weather left. Snow, which means you don’t have to talk about it, means despite itself, no poems needed.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Divine Apparitions By Rebecca Foust

Divine Apparitions

In a tree’s convulsed burl, I saw the pope who blessed Mother T’s covert deathbed conversions but forbade condoms for men who had AIDS.

POETRY

Yet and Other Poems By April Goldman

Yet and Other Poems

He said laughing, it is brave of you to try to use the word beautiful, really kind of wild.

POETRY

Ground Squirrels By J. P. Grasser

Ground Squirrels

Their rebirth was almost more joyous to see, better than before—praise this ever-loving life, I thought, that goes on despite our efforts to the contrary.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Elegy for Suzanne Nash Gurin By Katy Gurin

Elegy for Suzanne Nash Gurin

Every time I think I know the horror of it exactly, Iʼm wrong. For mourning they say three months, two months, a year.

POETRY

Doorknob Comments By Jessica Hincapie

Doorknob Comments

Suddenly it seemed so silly. Demanding love from even a mother; expecting that poetry, of all things, ought to tell the truth.

POETRY

Gamble By Kassy Lee

Gamble

Why my grandma loved penny slots and romance novels with unicorns mounted by long-haired men, I never knew.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Tacenda By Nadra Mabrouk

Tacenda

My own skin now still hardening in February. His name remains, always relevant, debris in the lake where I stand on the edge.

POETRY

They Were Blind and Other Poems By Rooja Mohassessy

They Were Blind and Other Poems

Fatwas condoned our arrest for the rouged contours of our lips, not what came out of them

POETRY

The Monkey’s Face and Other Poems By Max Seifert

The Monkey’s Face and Other Poems

One of the guys is always bound to be that guy. You felt the tree you hole up in at night being climbed.

POETRY

iPOEMS

POETRY

Communication By Soren Stockman

Communication

It is part of the deal, the church, the nation I call home, where citizens protesting their own killers are told Go back to Africa.

iPOEMS

January By John Freeman

January

I cooked pasta
with chilies last
night and my
fingers still
burn.


CLASSICS

READERS’ NARRATIVES

READERS’ NARRATIVES


CLASSICS

The Masque of the Red Death By Edgar Allan Poe

The Masque of
the Red Death

With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion. The external world could take care of itself.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Thomas Nelson Community College By Bill Glose

Thomas Nelson Community College

I could follow the lessons of my silent father or try something different. And so I wrote a poem.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Mumbai By Beatrice Rao

Mumbai

We learned to be thankful for each sunrise and sunset. The birds chirping at the windowsill, singing no matter what.

GRAPHIC STORIES


CARTOONS

GRAPHIC STORIES

Signaling By Jenny Lesser

Signaling

I walked around with a beat-up copy of Kafka’s stories. I thought it had a knife or candle on the cover but now realize it was a pen nib.


CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-02 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-02

New laughs from Glen Le Lievre, Jared Nangle, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, Ali Solomon, and P. C. Vey.
Cartoon Art Volume 2021-01 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-01

Great new toons by Kendra Allenby, Pat Byrnes, Ivan Ehlers, Kate Isenberg, and Mick Stevens.