Poetry & Fiction

We have maintained a fine record of published poetry in our print issue, selected by poetry editor Joshua Weiner, but in recent years have not been able to spare the space for fiction. With this new web magazine, we are delighted to have room once more for fiction selected by our new fiction editor Joshua Bernstein. Read our submission guidelines here. Please submit poetry and fiction via our online submissions site.

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Books

The Short Crappy Life of Walter J. Palmer, or, The Oddities of American Wealth
by Joshua Bernstein
Anyone who has followed the demise of Cecil, the African lion, and Walter J. Palmer, his American slayer, can't help but be struck by the parallels with Hemingway’s classic story, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” where a wealthy but timid American bumbles around the African savannah under the protection of a guide, procures a few hides, and ultimately meets his demise.
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Fiction

Time Between Trains
by Anthony Bukoski
Now in a gusty April...she sat in the place where roads cross, the lonely four corners where, with nothing stopping it, the wind sweeps along without regard for anything.
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Culture

The Poetry of a Jewish Humanist
by Philip Terman
Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems 1980-2015 by Chana Bloch Autumn House Press, 2015 A child of immigrant parents who was raised in an observant Jewish household, poet Chana Bloch has absorbed the details of her ethnic and …
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Fiction

Foie Gras, Bondage, Cronuts at Dawn
by Michael Reid Busk
Blair’s relationship with him was a particularly Californian brand of Elektra complex, constellated by lavish sushi dinners, the interruption of business negotiations to attend her poetry readings, the purchase of swimwear well into her 20s, and on her end, worrying constantly over his health (ironically, in retrospect), visiting him weekly during his brief stint at a minimum security prison, and dedicating to him her two volumes of poetry, Other Minds, Other Bodies and Quantum Vulva.
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Poetry

For Hazhir
by Jon Swan
The drone hovers under the iron-gray dome of heaven. Bloodshed turns the gray dome furnace-red. Evenings we warm our hands over the news.

Reviews

Promises to Keep
by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Ultimately, the novel raises many issues of immediate relevance to Jews today—the struggle to find oneself on the ever-widening spectrum of Jewish identities, the complex ways that “Jewish values” can be realized in the world, the impact of intermarriage on Jewish continuity, and the tension between personal desire and responsibility to one’s people.
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Poetry & Fiction

Small Father
by Hafeez Lakhani
Crispy on the crust, moist, nutty, with dhana giro baked in, Mom’s stuffing is like a cross between her juicy lamb kababs and perfectly golden cornbread. At eight years old, I was there beside her at Publix the night she first asked a woman in the poultry department for help. That woman and another then explained, patiently, respectfully, how to clean and stuff a turkey, how to prepare the gravy.
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Justice & Prisons

Honor Block
by Dean Faiello
True to its reputation, the prison was violent. And ugly. I witnessed cuttings and stabbings in the yard. They erupted without warning, like lightning. At night in my cell, I heard the screams of men being beaten by the guards.
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Poetry

A Promised Land
by Julia Vinograd
How to keep the promise of a promised land? Not only a name, a place, a flag. It’s an end to wandering in the wilderness, the wilderness inside ourselves. It’s singing sweeter than scorpions. It’s touching everywhere softer than snakes. …
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Fiction

Blue, Texas
by Stephan Eirik Clark
I was eating two slices of Oscar Meyer bologna that I’d topped with a squiggle of yellow mustard and squeezed between two slices of white Wonder bread. But he held a bulging thing housed between two dense slices of dark bread, a sandwich that was both pungent and foreign, about as unreal as anything I could recall.
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