STORY OF THE WEEK

Crossing the River Zbrucz By Isaac Babel

Crossing the
River Zbrucz

The blackened Zbrucz roars and twists the foaming knots of its rapids. The bridges are destroyed, and we wade across the river.

POEM OF THE WEEK

Motherhood By Cecily Parks

Motherhood

A married man’s craving for a woman who isn’t his wife is an old story, but I still had yet to learn how it would hurt me in particular.

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NONFICTION

Buried Voices By Debra Marquart

Buried Voices

The infamous stories of backup singers often begin this way. Some famous band is in the studio—say the Rolling Stones—when they hit a lull in the song.

Winter Issue

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Winter Issue

FICTION

It Was a Small Room By Ifeoma Sesiana Amobi

It Was a Small Room

Sometimes she mentioned Nigeria, and her grandson would stare at her with eyes blank and wide, as if he weren’t a part of her and that land at all.

FICTION

Sequestered By Tina Nettesheim

Sequestered

The more we talked the guiltier he seemed. I mean, even the 911 dispatcher called the cops on him. But it only takes one to hang a jury.

FICTION

Alon and Gal Go for a Drive By Sandra Sidi

Alon and Gal Go
for a Drive

The jeep was wrecked, and we were going to catch hell on base at 0700. There no longer appeared to be a good reason not to drink.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

My Milk By Allison Albino

My Milk

Tied to baby’s hunger, my breasts harden into tiny fists tightening before a fight. They call down the milk, it rushes, a storm of meteors to his mouth.

POETRY

From Winter’s Apprentice By Bruce Bond

From Winter’s Apprentice

I will walk into the same cold tomorrow, same street cleared of traffic by the plague. Lonely as a train set.

POETRY

The Trojan Women and Other Poems By Jehanne Dubrow

The Trojan Women and Other Poems

His suffering had a shape well-suited to a long-necked vase, its terracotta mouth a grieving O.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Origin By Loisa Fenichell

Origin

I remember in a bed, I did not want him. I did not desire him in a bed hushed by fog. I remember a field too long as the stem of a pear chosen in Upstate.

POETRY

Postcolonial Nervosa and Other Poems By Cate Lycurgus

Postcolonial Nervosa and
Other Poems

I pressed the weight
of my body against
the doorknob resisted
throwing my full
prerogative behind it

POETRY

Missing Shapes and Other Poems By Sierra Nelson

Missing Shapes
and Other Poems

You could smell your mother’s heartache like an ingredient in lipstick from that era, a waxy perfumed chemical pang.

POETRY

iPOEMS

iPOEMS

POETRY

on a list of games that buddha would not play, number 12 is By Stella Wong

on a list of
games that buddha would not play, number 12 is

i’m an extra / virgin olive oil / rawest when it’s neon

iPOEMS

Mother Cardinal Rhyme By Cecily Parks

Mother Cardinal Rhyme

Cheer and cheer and cheer she sings a nesting song on nesting wings. Laurel, sorrel, a quarrel sung flying into her reflection.

iPOEMS

This Hand By Amy Uyematsu

This Hand

whose sixty-one-year-old veins look like giant roots breaking through earth’s skin. This hand I’ve filled with stones by the sea.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-12 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-12

Questionable letters, reticent raccoons, and more, from Pat Byrnes, Todd Condron, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, David Rowles, and Mick Stevens.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-11 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2021-11

Bored bovines, an automotive exodus, and more, from Kendra Allenby, Pat Byrnes, Andrew Dicus, Mick Stevens, and P. C. Vey.