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My First Edible photo
February 29, 2020 | My First...

My First Edible

Dorothy Rice

I used to write in circles. Starting in the center.

From the Sublime to the Hilarious: On Damascus Gate by Robert Stone (part 4) photo
February 28, 2020 | Nonfiction

From the Sublime to the Hilarious: On Damascus Gate by Robert Stone (part 4)

Madison Smartt Bell

Part 1 of 4
Part 2 of 4
Part 3 of 4

 

Apart from all these violent events, Raziel, De Kuff, and the other cult members have been moving between Jerusalem, Safed (site of the ancient

Two poems photo
February 28, 2020 | Poetry

Two poems

Koss

You, Drawing

Urgent and hawkish, 
savage man strokes
skirr from your pen;
determined bold lines 
chase skeletons   
gouge the eye sockets 
of decayed Frida Kahlo  
bursting with

How to Get Crushed photo
February 27, 2020 | Fiction

How to Get Crushed

Cara Dempsey

If you get this far, that means that things are all, more or less, going according to plan.

Faye, it’s a Present for Your Birthday by The Fourth Sad Boy photo
February 27, 2020 | Fiction

Faye, it’s a Present for Your Birthday by The Fourth Sad Boy

Andrew Tran

He was in love with his friend Faye, had known her since elementary school.

Baby Man photo
February 26, 2020 | Fiction

Baby Man

Linda Woolford

I was only doing what she asked:  Not listening. 

two poems photo
February 26, 2020 | Poetry

two poems

Clair Dunlap

Silver Dollar

i toss humpback salmon from my thumb like silver dollars, listen for the splash of them in the wide mouth of the estuary. wishing. summer evening a blue magic. breeze on wet ankles

Reunion at the Christian Movie Theatre photo
February 25, 2020 | Fiction

Reunion at the Christian Movie Theatre

Jack Vening

The Christian Movie Theatre is mainly for fans of poorly translated morality tales, the violent ends of saints and so forth.

10 Times When a Body Is Just a Body photo
February 25, 2020 | Nonfiction

10 Times When a Body Is Just a Body

Morgan Florsheim

My body is uncomplicated. It is a tool, finely tuned for this moment.

Two poems photo
February 24, 2020 | Poetry

Two poems

Alison Miller

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Wedding

1.    The bride was beautiful. 

2.    The bride was beautiful 
in the way brides are—
intricate updo, professional face.

3.    The first thing my

One Of Those Boys photo
February 24, 2020 | Fiction

One Of Those Boys

Heather Domenicis

Despite your better judgement, you click on his profile and then on the most recent post: a picture of him smiling on a white slope with his arm wrapped around a remarkably average, yet still somehow traditionally hot (not pretty, just hot) snow bunny.

New York Strange, vol. 2 photo
February 23, 2020 | New York Strange

New York Strange, vol. 2

Caits Meissner

My First Apartment photo
February 22, 2020 | My First...

My First Apartment

Emma Brewer

The next day, I woke first and made French toast. I had a teenaged hangover, buzzing and giddy.

From the Sublime to the Hilarious: On Damascus Gate by Robert Stone (part 3) photo
February 21, 2020 | Nonfiction

From the Sublime to the Hilarious: On Damascus Gate by Robert Stone (part 3)

Madison Smartt Bell

The story of religious mania and the story of political violence look very likely to converge on each other.  Having consciously elected the first, Lucas keeps being drawn, sometimes unwillingly, sometimes unwittingly, toward the other. Both feature his new inamorata, Sonia Barnes.

two poems photo
February 21, 2020 | Poetry

two poems

Lucy Rosenthal

Power Lines

Spring was coming to its sap-sticky end when
you were telling me something about how they carve out
tree branches to make room for power lines.

You were moving out of your house

Being A Vengeful God for Minimum Wage photo
February 20, 2020 | Fiction

Being A Vengeful God for Minimum Wage

Ashton Carlile

There was something that she wished to start, and when she started it, she figured, her life would take on new meaning. But in this moment in time, she ate breakfast bars all hours of the day and worried about money.

Anxiety Attack photo
February 20, 2020 | Fiction

Anxiety Attack

Harrison Kim

I count the number of murderers in the class.

The Messenger photo
February 19, 2020 | Fiction

The Messenger

Claire Hopple

I thought, this message probably killed its messenger, strung out on finding its way home.

THREE POEMS photo
February 19, 2020 | Poetry

THREE POEMS

Savannah DiGregorio

swang

at night i sleep next to you, your skin balmy course. like grinded down sweetgum made smooth in the sweat of the mississippi delta summer. you tear and bend at my will. your spine disjoints

On the Morning of photo
February 18, 2020 | Fiction

On the Morning of

Kara Moskowitz

Nick your shin shaving, stare idly at the blood coursing down your foot and down the drain, and maybe this is how you do it, empty out all your insides until your shapeless skin is all that’s left.

A Glassel Bridge photo
February 18, 2020 | Nonfiction

A Glassel Bridge

Katbug

There is a universe of existence we have no words for, and maybe that is why we sequester ourselves in naturally quarantined cities: fear of the unknown and unintelligible.

three poems photo
February 17, 2020 | Poetry

three poems

Abigail Stallings

EMOTION CASINO

welcome to your life 
your face changes as you watch
outside the frame
among the distractions
you are right now
a body prone to emotion 
Google Maps 
attraction 
you never

The Button photo
February 17, 2020 | Fiction

The Button

Zoe Messinger

I wanted to be “that girl,” but my new high-waisted pants from the Marais were already unbuttoned once.

Up North: Hiking the U.P. photo
February 16, 2020 | Sunday Comics

Up North: Hiking the U.P.

Crystal S. Gibbins

My First Stuffed Animal: Leopard photo
February 15, 2020 | My First...

My First Stuffed Animal: Leopard

Nicholas A. White

During our first few years together, Leopard went through the washing machine after I peed on him, many times.

Born Again photo
February 14, 2020 | Fiction

Born Again

Cathryn Rose

A girl named after a country wore a metallic jumpsuit and gave tarot readings.

From the Sublime to the Hilarious: On Damascus Gate by Robert Stone (part 2) photo
February 14, 2020 | Nonfiction

From the Sublime to the Hilarious: On Damascus Gate by Robert Stone (part 2)

Madison Smartt Bell

If Lucas is the most obvious Bob Stone avatar in Damascus Gate, Adam De Kuff might also be a contender, sharing with his author an improperly managed mental illness (it’s made very plain that De Kuff has stopped taking his prescribed bipolar meds a long while back)

Winter’s Children photo
February 13, 2020 | Fiction

Winter’s Children

Mark Benedict

Brian was psyched too. Not about her requests—Tom Waits was more his groove—but about where things seemed to be headed.

Textual joy photo
February 13, 2020 | Poetry

Textual joy

Stevie Belchak

I render a coin

for something 

I forgot

the sky 

scratching itself 

into decency

when I

wake up 

always rattling 

around

in my skin

a new aesthetic 

I

Sci-Fi Movies Start With an A photo
February 12, 2020 | Fiction

Sci-Fi Movies Start With an A

Audrey Moyce

I didn’t know why I never wanted to have sex. Or I did know, but what I knew was a lie, or maybe the Biggest Truth of All and I would rather die than admit it to myself.