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Abby Zimet: Banning Eagle Song, Dragons Love Tacos, A Thai Lullaby and Pink! To Protect the Children

The nationwide rush to “protect the innocence of children” from the perils of thinking for themselves accelerated last week…

March 28, 2023 · 8 Comments

Video: Homesick

An absurdist thriller about an unhappy man who attends a retreat offering adults a second chance at a happy childhood. 

March 26, 2023 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Proud Boys Get Beat Up At NYC Drag Queen Story Hour

“Nazis are a real problem,” said one New Yorker. “Drag queens are not.”

March 23, 2023 · 7 Comments

Barbara Hamby: My Translation

I am translating the world into mockingbird, into blue jay,
into cat-bombing avian obbligato, because I want
more noise, more bells, more senseless tintinnabulation

March 18, 2023 · 11 Comments

David Kirby: My Girlfriend Killed James Brown

“Yeah, I got bumped up to first class, and when I saw who
my seatmate was, I went back to economy and told my girlfriend,
and even though she had the flu, we switch places, and three
weeks later, James Brown is dead.”

March 16, 2023 · 8 Comments

Arlene Weiner: Another Art

Put it on eBay, ka-ching, ka-ching—
keep nothing but the things that give you cheer.
But so many objects seem to want to cling

March 8, 2023 · 9 Comments

Richard Horan: Notes from Il Campo

It’s carciofi (artichoke) season here in the Eternal City. Everywhere you go, those fat-stemmed, strongly evocative of Bacchus, violet-and-green buds are still-lifing the display tables out in front of every osteria and trattoria from Prati to San Saba.

March 4, 2023 · 2 Comments

James Davis May: Hot Sex

she asks him,
resigned panic in her voice, Did you
slice one of those serranos into the guac?

February 14, 2023 · 17 Comments

Barbara Hamby: Reading Can Kill You 

Yes was Da, which is so much more Yes than Yes
but with a twinge of Nyet, and it was winter, a freezing Siberian
blizzard with days that began at ten and ended at two

February 13, 2023 · 10 Comments

Jason Irwin: On the Road to Bushmills

Because of a parade, the road to Bushmills is closed.
It’s the only road that leads to Portrush, a town
less than nine miles away, where we’ve been told
there’s a laundromat.

February 9, 2023 · 3 Comments

Barbara Crooker: Nearing Menopause, I Run Into Elvis At Shoprite,

The bass
line thumps and grinds, the honky tonk piano moves like an ivory
river, full of swampy delta blues.

February 6, 2023 · 11 Comments

Gary Fincke: Headcheese, Liverwurst, a List of Loaves

Our refrigerator
Opened to liverwurst,
Headcheese, a list of loaves:
Luncheon and Luxury

January 24, 2023 · 7 Comments

Jose Padua: Feasts, Reincarnations, and Other Elegies for Days Gone By

Now we live in the age of vapors, gasping
for breath, running for the exits. In the middle of
dim rough days and cruel centuries, let our love
be electric, and our home a movable foundation.

January 17, 2023 · 4 Comments

Video: Good Grief

On the day of her dad’s ash-scattering, Nora rejects the notion that her grief comes in five tidy, predictable stages.

January 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

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