Jeanie doesn’t tell me that she strips for Frank sometimes to make a couple extra bucks. She doesn’t tell me that they do blow on his boat while it’s docked in the harbor, and then she shows him her breasts, her panties. She keeps these things inside during our long, post-shift talks when we pretend […]
“[H]e fell in the dust and clutched the ground with his palm.” —The Iliad, trans. A.T. Murray Memories of my father’s accident are silhouettes. Shadows transform in my closet, taking human shape. I blink, and they disappear. * If you watch someone preparing to dive frame by frame, there is a moment where their […]
Our current issue features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork from:
darlene anita scott, Katie Willingham, Hugh Martin, Elizabeth T. Chao, James Dunlap, Carolina Hotchandani, Jennifer L. Knox, and many more.
Roxane Gay’s new book, Difficult Women, is a deeply moving collection of short stories that are by turns tender, heartbreaking, and chilling. Gay’s characters, “difficult” thought they may be, are rendered with a profound sensitivity that affirms their humanity, alongside their wounds and flaws. Gay herself claimed an affinity for so-called “unlikeable characters” in a […]
A skinny volume with a bright red cover, Sonya Huber’s new essay collection is vibrant and loud from its first pages. The collection details the speaker’s diagnosis of and life with rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain, and addresses both the physical realities and the metaphysical concept of pain. In the opening essay, “What Pain Wants,” […]