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While they stand in line Robin leans into his chest. They don't talk.

Poem of the Week

Come live with me. We could plant acorns in each other’s mouths.


I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams.


To articulate sweet sounds together is to work harder than all these.

Narrative By Hand

Handwritten drafts of “Byzantium,” “Easter, 1916,” and other poems.

Story of the Week

“The basis of literary friendship is mixing the poisoned bowl.”

Poem of the Week

Their days go over in idleness, and they sigh if the wind but lift a tress.

Story of the Week

I know exactly what to do when Papa has a seizure in the middle of the night.

Story of the Week

He has his hands on Nii’s throat, and this time I do not stop them.

Spring Contest Winners

I wait for the one thing that will change my life to arrive in the mail.

Narrative “Tell Me A Story” High School Contest

“Even though we aren’t carrying out the deed, we are the most responsible.”

Story of the Week

He didn’t fall in line with our well-established porn-shop hierarchy.

N30B Winners

West Oakland was characterized by unemployment, poverty, and blight.

Poem of the Week

My door overlooks a jade stream, the stillness of dawn drives cares away.

Winter Contest Winners

I made him love me. To feel abandonment—again.


Just because we have birds inside us, we don’t have to be cages.

Poem of the Week

I believe you get to see a sunset once. Death, well, I’ve lost count.

Poem of the Week

Every touch electric, every taste you, every smell, every cry.

Poem of the Week

I was satisfied with haiku until I met you, jar of octopus, cuckoo’s cry.

Poem of the Week

If the landlord tells you not to hang a mirror in that room, do not.


Years ago I wanted parallel lives, to see how it turns out for all of me.


Laurie Saurborn Young

Poem of the Week

We buy a bag of cockles and three crabs, all female, sweet with egg.