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  • Tulip Tears

    by Deborah Clearman

    When lightning strikes the tulip poplar, five hundred years of leaf lifting crashes into splinter wood, and several notables roll over in their graves.

  • Family

    by Cezarija Abartis

    Outside the kitchen window, squirrels scattered the seed from the birdfeeder Paula’s dad had set up. The seeds gleamed in the sun like drops of water.

  • Dragging Raven Lake

    by Kevin Couture

    The men waited on the shore while Susan, (whose son they searched for), made coffee on the tailgate of a half-ton.

  • The Imminence of Flight

    by Chris Connolly

    At the supermarket I see a young mother gently weeping in the cereal aisle. Her baby watches her curiously, possibly stumped by this reversal of roles, or too young to understand.


  • What I Imagine My Parents Did After Dinner

    by Brian Fanelli

    In our house, nobody ever danced, / even though my father played Elvis / or Johnny Cash from the silver / CD player that rested on the nook

  • Long Walk Home

    by Kristene Brown

    Hot summer and birds pillage garbage cans, / squabbling for scraps. / With ripped jeans and knotted hair, I follow / the unpaved road to town.

  • Putting Out the Trash

    by Robert S. King

    My socks are small trash bags, / and the street number of my house is zero. / Garbage cans are my walls on winter nights.

  • Ten Short Poems

    by Simon Perchik

    These sheep have no choice either / though even in summer / they still want to hear the truth


  • An Author’s Life

    by Emile DeWeaver

    Writers’ processes differ, but here’s my truth: Writing is hard and I hate it; revision is easy, and I want to take it to the movies, then get to third base.

  • My Own Struggle, Or An Exercise in Autofiction

    by Isabella David McCaffrey

    Autofiction is technically new, but now it’s been identified as a trend—like cat eyeliner then or wearing winter white. When the masses catch on, is it no longer cool?

  • Warped Optimism

    by Diane Payne

    After making the one hundred mile drive with my daughter for the Breast MRI appointment, she takes off to meet an old friend who is a medical student at the hospital.

  • Hidden in the Bone

    by Jim Krosschell

    Lately, as I’ve progressed from little walks around the living room to real walks around the block, the neighborhood seems to be different.

Du Jour

Deceit and I

Dec 11, 2015 | 0 comments

“I told a lie the size of God’s hands, as long and as dark as the midnight between stars.”

WLTRY Radio, an Introduction

Sep 9, 2015 | 0 comments

At WLTRY we’re looking for recordings of poetry and prose, whether original compositions or “reprints.” Readings that bring written words to life.

Any Road Will Take You There

Dec 3, 2014 | 0 comments

by David W. Berner

Casey and Graham heard me talk about the details of the trip, about my purpose for taking on the challenge of it, and an itinerary based on the travels written about in Kerouac’s book. Although neither had heard much of anything about Kerouac . . .

The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

Nov 6, 2014 | 0 comments

by Eli Glasman

When I got back to the house it was nearly midday. My father and Talya were still at synagogue. Normally we had coffee and cake for breakfast on Shabbat, but I’d left too early, so there was a piece left for me on the bench.

Untying the Knot

Aug 16, 2014 | 0 comments

by Karen Paul Holmes

Why do knots form by themselves? / In my blow dryer cord, / cell phone charger, / dog leashes. / What Boy Scout crept into the dark / to practice right over left / around and through?

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