Fiction & Poetry

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Fiction

“Nettle”

“He was no longer a child, scorched with sickness, a beloved. He was someone else, someone with no one.”

The Writer’s Voice

Roddy Doyle Reads “Life Without Children”

Roddy Doyle posing looking at the camera wearing glasses, a white scarf and tweed jacket

The author reads his story from the October 19, 2020, issue of the magazine.

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Poetry

“Instructions for Living”

Two figures pointing up at a mobile of an atomic solar system.

“How do I explain the hatred of the sun, / the terrible wonder of being alive?”

“Letter”

A woman sitting on a stool with an umbrella staring out at the ocean.

“Yesterday I sent you a letter.”

“Vectors”

A cityscape with flowers.

“First extinction in the Galápagos Islands, the least vermillion flycatcher—”

“Song”

A man writing a letter with a dove flying over his shoulder.

“Never again: / that is what we do not say.”

The Poetry Podcast

Joy Harjo Reads Sandra Cisneros

Joy Harjo posing against a pink wall wearing long beaded turquoise earrings

Joy Harjo joins Kevin Young to discuss “Still-Life with Potatoes, Pearls, Raw Meat, Rhinestones, Lard, and Horse Hooves,” by Sandra Cisneros, and her own poem “Running.”

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Flash Fiction

“Keys”

A photo collage with keys, cut outs of a sleeping woman, ripples of the river.

“Alone, Daniel wondered about the phantom flat that always came to mind in these dreams, the place the keys would open.”

“The South Asian Speakers Series Presents the Archeologist and Adventurer Indiana Jones”

A battered fedora hat hidden in tropical palm leaves

“What he wouldn’t give to be back in the jungles of Honduras or jumping trains across Nazi-occupied Europe, where he could let his whip do the talking.”

“Ruth, Frank, and Dario”

Five older ladies having tea inside an apartment.

“It had irritated her, Ruth told the friends, to find herself waiting for Frank to call.”

“The Kingdom That Failed”

Coke spilled over a book on a poolside.

“The more sincerely he tried to explain things, the more a fog of insincerity came to hang over everything.”

The Fiction Podcast

ZZ Packer Reads Lesley Nneka Arimah

ZZ Packer.

The author joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Who Will Greet You at Home,” by Lesley Nneka Arimah, from a 2015 issue of the magazine.

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