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 fiction editor Joshua Bernstein. Read our submission guidelines here. Please submit poetry and fiction via our online submissions site.

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Fiction

Night Running
by Jayson Iwen
And so they ran, like lunatics, around the neighborhood, in t-shirts and boots, in the middle of the night, in the middle of winter.
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Fiction

Love Will Not Save You
by billy lombardo
For years after, you will ask yourself, Should I have held her that night? Do you hold someone who tells you this? You won’t remember holding her...
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Fiction

Review of THE FIX by Sharon Leder
by Tikkun Staff
The drugs were part of, maybe the essence of, cool. They fused with the jazz, the smoky dark interiors, the nodding knowingness of a beckoning life.
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Fiction

The Empty Chair
by Theo Greenblatt
After dinner his father would sit across the formica kitchen table and fire words at him. Bellicose, symbiosis, cartilaginous, revenant. The rule was, he did not have to go to bed until he got a word wrong.
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Fiction

Life So Good
by Michael Guista
There was another picture of her at their wedding. Two young boys in coffee-colored suits stood behind them, holding guitars way too big for their bodies, surrounded by a crowd of what must have been a hundred, their priest dressed in white toasting them with a big glass of red wine.
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Fiction

Autumn in Jerusalem
by Emanuela Barasch-Rubinstein
As I walked home I felt as if my feet weren’t touching the ground. The bright faces of the handicapped children were imprinted in my memory, and now I thought of each one of them, walking and singing, the nuns looking after them. I retained the light of the convent within me: its grace touched me, expanding an inner space, cheering unknown corners.
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Fiction

The Incident at Our Lady
by Derek Updegraff
I. Phil had Sheila on the mind when he walked into one of the BOYS bathrooms at Our Lady of Peace Elementary in West Russelsburg. He’d started his shift as Second Security Officer at 6:00am, about an hour before most …
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Waiting for Trump
by Hilton Obenzinger
I sit in one of the greasy truck stops on Interstate 5, near Red Bluff, dizzy and scared. Decades of hope seem suddenly to turn to bullshit. Dread and rage swirl around the country, but the lunch counter is quiet with snoozing baseball caps tipping into coffee cups.
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Fiction

Old. Glory.
by Sean Bernard
The river was a bog of red mud and had a light waft of refuse, of spoil.
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Poetry

“Fighting in the Captain’s Tower”: In Defense of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize
by Rodger Kamenetz
Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature for songwriting. He is a poet, but his medium is not the page. So yes his lines read different when you take away the music. But by reintroducing poetry to an existing popular musical genre, Dylan opened up possibilities for all poets. What Dylan understood very early is that in an electric age, poetry cannot survive without song.
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