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"I felt crushed by the weight of it all: the unrelenting stress of wartime pilot training and the anxiety of flying, soon again, aboard ship."

In our latest Readers' Narrative, T. G. Hardy recalls the fateful day a fighter jet crashes.
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"Not to tell the same story over and over to the same People."

Satirical New Years resolutions from the 17th century.
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"I am tired of this. I do not wish to drink my wine and smoke my cigarettes while trying to read her mind."

Clowns, lovers, and artists converge in this dark tale.
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"Their children, his writing, her household cares had not quenched all their souls’ tender fire."

An end-of-the-year must read: James Joyce's classic story, "The Dead."
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“I am more convinced than ever that Christmas presents should conform to a certain standard of size.”

Something new: A. A. Milne’s hysterically funny criticism of our commercialized holiday traditions.
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am looking for
fake Christmas
tree, other
needed stuff

What are you looking for this Christmas? Check out Lillian-Yvonne Bertram's eclectic list in her poem, "Am Looking For."
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Everywhere, invisible as heat, the gods
married each other and went to war.

A stunning distillation of violence in Jenny George's new poem, "A Childhood."
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How could anyone
love me, her daughter once had asked,
if I’m not actually myself?

Modern retellings of classic Ovidian tales.
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It’s so delicate, the light.
And there’s so little of it.

Effortless, graceful, lucid poetry from the brilliant Rolf Jacobsen.
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I heard
in my heartbeat
the birth of time

Anna Swir's poetry reminds us that life is the greatest gift of all.
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"I knew I wouldn’t sleep a second, knowing the catastrophe I’d set in motion, just lie wide-eyed all night, wishing we could all go back to before we had secrets."

Not every Christmas story has a happy ending. Read on in Pete Fromm's, "Ballet."
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"He couldn’t stand the sour odor of her perfume, or her gnomish face. Actually, he couldn’t stand anything about his mother."

‘Tis the season for insufferable mothers and Jewish Christmases. Read David Guterson’s holiday story here.
Hot Springs by David Guterson — Eleven months out of twelve the judge ignored being Jewish. Then Christmas slid into view, and for a while he was rem...
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