Fiction & Poetry

Three roads intersecting in the distance.
Fiction

“Annunciation”

“I began to run farther and farther at night, in expiation, but also still looking for her.”

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Lauren Groff on her story in this week’s issue of the magazine. Read more >>>

The Writer’s Voice

Lauren Groff Reads “Annunciation”

Portrait of Lauren Groff.

The author reads her story from the February 14 & 21, 2022, issue of the magazine.

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Poetry

“Night Herons”

A man with a quill feather.

“All day long you wring yourself out / work virtually / go nowhere.”

“43”

Polar bear reading a book

“With or without me / it is happening.”

“Snapdragons at the Market”

A man sitting inside a closet reading a book.

 “As if anyone could own you.”

“The Mower”

A man surrounded by towering piles of paper.

“There is a grass still / grows that I once mowed.”

The Poetry Podcast

Amanda Gorman Reads Tracy K. Smith

Amanda Gorman, the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, is a poet and activist whose work focuses on oppression, feminism, race and marginalisation.

Amanda Gorman joins Kevin Young to discuss “Declaration,” by Tracy K. Smith, and her own poem “Ship’s Manifest.”

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Flash Fiction

“Around the Corner You Can’t See Around”

Old photos on a wallpapered wall, with reflections of light and other photos clouding the image.

“What does it tell us about who we are that we are tenderly intrigued by an imaginary person walking through an old photograph?”

“George Floyd Story”

Overlapping images of Black men seated for a portrait.

“I will not pretend to bring G.F. to life. Nor pretend to bring life to him. G.F. gone for good.”

“Gravity”

A silhouette of a woman made from coffee spills on the floor.

“She wanted to feel sorry for the neighbor and say how horrible it was and how she must have really been suffering, but all that came out was anger.”

“He’s Very Well Read”

A woman holding a very tall stack of books that seems to envelope her.

“She had a particular shelf, the complaining woman said, where she was keeping all the books he’d given her.”

The Fiction Podcast

Alejandro Zambra Reads Bruno Schulz

Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra poses during portrait session held on September 19, 2012 in Paris, France.

The author joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Loneliness,” by Bruno Schulz, which was published in a 1977 issue of the magazine.

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Novellas

“Muscle”

Three men sitting around lounging on a farm with a hookah and guns.

“It’s time to turn up the heat a little bit more. My boys are getting bored, and that’s not good for their appetite or their temper.”

“What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?”

A boy floating in a pond with sunlight shimmering around him.

“He got out of the car, closing his door quietly, and crept through the woods toward the brick house.”

“Many a Little Makes”

A suburban home seen through binoculars.

“Why was Bree the bad apple? The one needing to be banished? How could a girl of fourteen be the one held responsible?”

“Mother Nut”

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“I told her about how there were these special trees in secret places, and no one knew how they could survive. And I tried not to make a thing out of saying—but did say—‘I’ve seen one, but I can’t tell you where it is.’ ”