STORY OF THE WEEK

On Livelihood By Various Authors

On Livelihood

From philosophers to sitcom characters, from high finance to coal mining, here are our favorite musings on work and life.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Selfie at Delphi By Cody Koester

Selfie at Delphi

There’s rubbish on the Sacred Way. A graffitied bench says: Know Thyself. I sit on it, thinking about my beloved.

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FICTION

Nemecia By Kirstin Valdez Quade

Nemecia

I was afraid of Nemecia because I knew her greatest secret: when she was five, she put her mother in a coma and killed our grandfather.

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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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CLASSICS

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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.

FICTION

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

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

POETRY

iPOEMS

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

Feathered Cup By Shangyang  Fang

Feathered Cup

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

READERS’ NARRATIVES

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

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 2020-01 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-01

Unreal and all too real toons by Seth Fleishman, Charlie Hankin, Mary Lawton, Drew Panckeri, and David Rowles.

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.