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  • 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.

  • A Boyfriend History in 10 Flavors

    by Laura Golden Bellotti

    Our ten-year age difference seemed vast to me, not to him. It was lunch—our daily lunches at the small French restaurant across the street from our office—that bridged the gap.

  • Guitar Lessons

    by Roxanne Lynn Doty

    If anybody follows me call 911. I live in apartment 12 but don’t go there if somebody stalks me. I should stay in a public place like Taco Bell or Walgreens.


  • 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

  • Traffic Jam Song #1

    by David Tucker

    No one understands the traffic jams in this city, / how they just spring from the ground like this / and why, when you reach the head of the line, there is / no accident

  • At a Truck Stop on Highway 124

    by Andrea Witzke Slot

    The odor of stale hotdogs coils / around this truck stop of quiet men / who sit with faces bowed, bath kits / in laps, fair-like tickets in hand.


  • 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

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?

Larger Than Life

Aug 12, 2014 | 0 comments

by Jodi Picoult

One day when I was seven I came home from school to find that my mother had redecorated my bedroom. My shelf of stuffed animals was gone, replaced with all the books on math and science she had used in college.

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