Excerpts

From Issue 15: "Origin Stories for the Turtle Lady," Kent Kosack

Kent Kosack's short story from Issue 15 kicks off by sending the reader into a state of nostalgia, but it quickly veers into so much more than that. A narrator you'll fall in love with brings it all home.

From Issue 13: "Wheels" (Nonfiction)

From Issue 13: Richard Hoffman's "Wheels" 

Listed in Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2018, as selected by Robert Atwan in Best American Essays 2019.

We slot our bikes into the rack and hang our helmets on the handlebars. The café is crowded and there’s a line to the counter. At a table nearby, a teenage boy in a wheelchair is being fed through a straw by a woman who looks to be his mother. I recognize the round face, the narrow shoulders, the lolling head of someone with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the disease that killed my brothers ...

From Issue 15: "Hydrangea" (Poetry)

This week's excerpt dives back into poetry with Rachel Hinton's "Hydrangea," a poem to examine how we accept ourselves in the world.

 

From Issue 15: "Icarus," by Darby Levin

Darby Levin's compelling, powerful retelling of Icarus will have you wanting to recraft all the myths into things that matter to you.

From Issue 15: "Sex Ed" (Nonfiction)

New work, from Issue 15: Mathilda Wheeler's "Sex Ed"

If Daddy listened, he would put down his paper. He would turn off the TV. He would look me in the eye. He would take off his reading glasses. He would not joke. He would not say, "For crying out loud." He would say, "What is it, Tilda?" And his voice would not be impatient. It would be caring. And if I said, “Nothing," he would say, "No. Tell me." He would know to ask, to keep asking. And then I could tell him. I could ask him. About boys. About rules. About Ted Sayer.

From Issue 15: "Lake Reality" (Poetry)

In this week's excerpt, F. Daniel Rzicznek's poem "Lake Reality" offers us an exploration in the rain, between father and son, of what moves through the past and back into the familiar present.

From Issue 15: "Crepuscular Behavior," Carolyn Oliver

Carolyn Oliver's cassowary bird is only the secondary star of her story "Crepuscular Behavior." Read on for more.

From Issue 15: "Hup" (Flash Nonfiction)

New work, from Issue 15: Emily Brisse's "Studies in Erosion"

As I climbed the narrow ladder, it bobbing beneath my weight, beads of sweat popped along my hairline. Once atop the board with this second instructor, I watched as she used a long pole to retrieve the fly bar from where it had been suspended. She motioned me forward ...

From Issue 15: "Gravity Haunted" (Poetry)

M. Soledad Caballero takes us along a courageous journey this week in her prose poem, "Gravity Haunted."

From Issue 15: "Homecoming," by Ashley Hand

New flash fiction from Issue 15: Ashley Hand's "Homecoming."

From Issue 15: "Song of the South, Reprise" (Nonfiction)

New work, from Issue 15: Sean Enfield's "Song of the South, Reprise"

I have this recurring dream—call it a fantasy if you want—in which I travel back in time to 1940s rural Mississippi and tell my white grandma that I’m her future black grandson.

From Issue 15: "On Contrast" (Poetry)

Our featured work this week, "On Contrast," is a thoughtful poem by John A. Nieves to savor in the waning days of summer. Let us know what you think!