STORY OF THE WEEK

The Story of Sojourner Truth By Bridget Quinn

The Story of Sojourner Truth

Stowe and Gage made shit up; they appropriated Truth’s voice. But they could not steal her image. Truth controlled that.

POEM OF THE WEEK

After the Fertility Test By Jessica Dionne

After the
Fertility Test

Wholeness isn’t for everybody, not oranges, not worlds—always halved, always rended.

LESS IS MORE

LESS IS MORE
A complete universe. On a single screen.

We are interested in seeing works that indicate the poet’s awareness of how the new media affect, for instance, the line in poetry.

iPOEMS

A Center By Ha Jin

A Center

If others call you a maniac or a fool, just let them wag their tongues. If some praise your perseverance, don’t feel too happy.

Spring Issue

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Spring Issue

FICTION

Isolation By Richard Bausch

Isolation

There he is, a man she knows to be good and gentle, sitting there being himself, confident in her and in their lives.

FICTION

Fort Pierce, Florida By Lisa Cupolo

Fort Pierce, Florida

In this part of the country, they can ask you anything. They can be openly curious about you and demand to know your name. And you better answer.

FICTION

The Frenchman By James  Jung

The Frenchman

My mother was coming to New York to see the Frenchman who’d been in love with her for the past fifty years.

FICTION

FICTION

FICTION

Roommates By David Rabe

Roommates

Emma hit her call button over and over, turning it off and back on in the hope that the blinking would send a kind of SOS.

FICTION

A Saint from Texas By Edmund  White

A Saint from Texas

Middle-class people imagine the privileged are bored and negative and languorously disapproving, but the truth is you’d swear they were on speed.

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

NONFICTION

A Life with Bears By Rick Bass

A Life with Bears

Why do bears matter? Let me tell you a little bit about a thing I love while it is still here on the earth.

NONFICTION

I Long to Kiss You: Napoli in the Time of Coronavirus By Heather Hartley

I Long to Kiss You: Napoli in the Time
of Coronavirus

For the past eighteen years, I’ve lived in two cultures that take their kisses very seriously.

NONFICTION

Pink Adobe By Sam Shepard

Pink Adobe

The whole aching despair of bar life comes flooding back and I can’t believe I’m actually back in this old familiar situation of drinking alone.

INTERVIEWS

INTERVIEWS

iSTORIES

INTERVIEWS

Narrative 10 with Jill Bialosky

Narrative 10

Q. What’s your current obsession?

A. Listening to classic works on audio.

INTERVIEWS

Narrative 10 with Lacy Crawford

Narrative 10

Q. Best part of the day?

A. 8:47 p.m., reading to my little boys.

iSTORIES

Weightless By James Silberstein

Weightless

During the last of it, the death rattle is so loud we give him the morphine we promised we wouldn’t.

GRAPHIC STORIES

READERS’ NARRATIVES

READERS’ NARRATIVES

GRAPHIC STORIES

Last Flight from Bordeaux By Sofia Warren

Last Flight
from Bordeaux

If I’d known there’d be a worldwide epidemic, I wouldn’t have relinquished my apartment and moved to France.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

Nowhere, Australia By Natasha Ayaz

Nowhere, Australia

When we emerged, the shore was littered with luminous discs, hundreds of toxic blue jellies lying washed up like evil eyes.

READERS’ NARRATIVES

My Mother’s Marathons By Sara Houghteling

My Mother’s Marathons

On April 20, my mother, age seventy-one, decided to run her own marathon, her first solo, her twenty-fourth overall.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Across the Sea: A Sequence By Gbenga Adesina

Across the Sea: A Sequence

On the sea, your prayer is not to the whorl scarf of waves. Your prayer is to the fitful sleep of the dead.

POETRY

In Airports By Erin Belieu

In Airports

It was the season for    weeping   in airports  for walking    and bleeding   in airports—

POETRY

To Cicero’s Hand By Malachi Black

To Cicero’s Hand

In Rome they hailed: and fixed you, wrist-wise, with a nine-inch nail, to a gray beam of the Rostra in the public square.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

From Deluge By Leila Chatti

From Deluge

I won’t be the last to look into a painting like a mirror, to ignore the glutted world in order to better scrutinize the self.

POETRY

You Said Eden Disappeared and Other Poems By Traci Brimhall

You Said Eden Disappeared and Other Poems

Even when God flooded the world, he loved it. Even when he promised to destroy it again with cleansing fire.

POETRY

Holy Defense and Other Poems By Armen Davoudian

Holy Defense and Other Poems

A volcano in Italy and the salamander fit to live in the fire of myth, safely immune to it.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Dementia Bus By Lisa Dordal

Dementia Bus

My father keeps merging houses, first wife and second. He knows me, he doesn’t know me.

POETRY

Fish By Shangyang  Fang

Fish

It was a clean doing. No blood. Only the white scales descended like pear blossoms, wafting the metallic scent of snow.

POETRY

Separation and Other Poems By John Freeman

Separation and Other Poems

We think we worship life, but we have made a botch of this, encircling ponds and trees with the smelt of disused weapons.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

The Archive Is All in Present Tense and Other Poems By Elizabeth Hoover

The Archive Is All in Present Tense and Other Poems

I sort through tea lights, radio crackles, fortune-tellers predicting the man who will marry you.

POETRY

North to Natoma and Other Poems By Kira Jan

North to Natoma and Other Poems

Daylike, we pass by empty lots of orchard land, the topsoil kept down more by pacing feet than water.

POETRY

Night Talks By Farah Kader

Night Talks

your stories used to spill from you bubble up and over words unable to catch up to one another between hot breaths

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

In Custody and Other Poems By Kawita Kandpal

In Custody and Other Poems

I have written the word for distance upon your tongue. It is a field of almond trees sharp like the seams of a Kashmiri wind.

POETRY

Dancing Cheek to Cheek By Natan Last

Dancing Cheek
to Cheek

I told T (who I haven’t seen cry) men in Nairobi held hands wherever they walked, though the streets didn’t have names.

POETRY

Between Hospital Visiting Hours By A.D. Lauren-Abunassar

Between Hospital Visiting Hours

The river was a dark lung and a fast machine, whistled humors humors month-mottled with slow freeze and ice

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

Learning the Ancestors’ Tongues and Other Poems By Philip Metres

Learning the Ancestors’ Tongues and Other Poems

And you call us gathering together a murder? Is it the inked iridescence of our feathers?

POETRY

Rundown By Jerome Ellison Murphy

Rundown

in shaded suburbs there are shades neighbors dread and I wonder when that tree will let go which must be taller by now and reaching closer or dead.

POETRY

The Niger Sings of Blood By Romeo Oriogun

The Niger Sings
of Blood

A man could give up the world to call his home by a name his ears could hear in the middle of a shelling.

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

POETRY

From Notes at the Grave of James Felix Quigley By James Kelly Quigley

From Notes at the Grave of James Felix Quigley

Hello drug, hello dreg, my innumerable & faceless angels. Hello anger, my birthright, come now to the water’s edge.

POETRY

Prayer Before Turning on the News By Hila Ratzabi

Prayer Before Turning on the News

Let something have been fixed today: The deal among the nations signed, the guns, all of them, taken away.

POETRY

The Animals and Other Poems By Natalie Rose Richardson

The Animals and Other Poems

The morning after, my mother and father woke and found one snake at the foot of their bed, its belly thick and pulsing with the other.

POETRY

iPOEMS

ANTHOLOGY

POETRY

Whatever You Can By Taije Silverman

Whatever You Can

The German psychic healer on the island of Sardinia said the cat food beside her back door represented my ambivalence.

iPOEMS

Floating By Karen Harryman

Floating

I bought her a sweatshirt with The Future Is Female printed in simple black letters. And today the florescent rainbow bikini?

ANTHOLOGY

Stories in a Time of Plague By Various Authors

Stories in a Time
of Plague

Collected here are works selected from our archive to lend comfort, cheer, and hope to us all.

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-07 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-07

New toons by Pat Byrnes, Maddie Dai, J. C. Duffy, Teresa Burns Parkhurst, and Mick Stevens.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-06 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-06

New art and humor from Pat Byrnes, Glen Le Lievre, David Rowles, Julia Suits, and Chris Weyant.

CARTOONS

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-05 By Various Artists

Cartoon Art Volume 2020-05

New laughs from Seth Fleishman, Drew Panckeri, Mick Stevens, P. C. Vey, and Kim Warp.