Fiction & Poetry
Fiction
“The Coast of New Zealand”
“According to the Pact, its adherents were obliged to disperse immediately after the completion of the proceedings of the reunion.”
By Cynthia Ozick
Cynthia Ozick on her story in this week’s issue of the magazine. Read more »
Fiction
“Foster”
“A woman I can’t responsibly call my brother’s girlfriend dropped the cat off at my apartment.”
By Bryan Washington
Fiction
“Before the Valley”
“Before wasn’t talked about often; it felt unseemly somehow, self-indulgent, to dwell on one’s past life.”
By Rachel Heng
The Writer’s Voice
The Writer’s Voice: Fiction from the Magazine
Bryan Washington Reads “Foster”
The author reads his story from the June 14, 2021, issue of the magazine.
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Poetry
Poems
“The Wind Is Loud”
“The wind is loud on the water today / I think about him drowning.”
By Miller Oberman
Poems
“Unconditional Belief in Heat”
“I would’ve stabbed the man’s hand / had he not jerked it away.”
By Anna Journey
Poems
“The Surrealist”
“I don’t know what is // meant to be hidden / from me.”
By Jiordan Castle
Poems
“A Clearing on Ruth Island”
“I did not expect another summer, another child, so much darkness.”
By D. Nurkse
The Poetry Podcast
Poetry Podcast
“To Claim What Has Tried to Claim Me”: A Roundtable on Asian-American Poetics
Kevin Young in conversation with Kimiko Hahn, Monica Youn, Paul Tran, and Megan Fernandes.
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Flash Fiction
Flash Fiction
“Director’s Cut”
“Post-production took a hundred and fourteen years.”
By Etgar Keret
Flash Fiction
“Grayness”
“It was a job for every person on the planet to put colors where they ought to be.”
By Sheila Heti
Flash Fiction
“Skylight”
“Above the hall in that house with a skylight was another mysterious home, and through the glass you could see a family of feet, surrounded by haloes, like saints.”
By Silvina Ocampo
Flash Fiction
“Art of Story”
“Stories are graves. Empty. Nothing there. All living and dying in them fake. Pretend. No story unless someone reads, tells it.”
By John Edgar Wideman
The Fiction Podcast
Fiction Podcast
Ben Okri Reads Franz Kafka
The author joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “The Rescue Will Begin in Its Own Time,” four short fiction pieces by Franz Kafka, which appeared in a 2020 issue of the magazine.
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Novellas
Novellas
“What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?”
“He got out of the car, closing his door quietly, and crept through the woods toward the brick house.”
By Lauren Groff
Novellas
“Many a Little Makes”
“Why was Bree the bad apple? The one needing to be banished? How could a girl of fourteen be the one held responsible?”
By Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Novellas
“Mother Nut”
“I told her about how there were these special trees in secret places, and no one knew how they could survive. And I tried not to make a thing out of saying—but did say—‘I’ve seen one, but I can’t tell you where it is.’ ”
By John Jeremiah Sullivan
Novellas
“This Is Pleasure”
“At first, the suit was not against me but against the publishing house, and all she wanted was a payment, which the company was prepared to make—as long as she kept quiet about her complaints.”
By Mary Gaitskill
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