After the Renaissance
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3w ago
by Stuart Sheppard We have lost the ability to see what the ancients saw, as we no longer look at the world in candlelight. Things are seen too clearly now, the way we have washed the dirty gaze of Michelangelo from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When God holds out his hand to us we like to count the fingers, instead of leaning forward into the warmth of his palm, like a cat seeking the heat of our flesh at night, remembering its birth in darkness ..read more
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LIT 37, Summer 2024
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by LIT Editors
3w ago
Poetry The Falling by Michael Olson Daisy Bell by Matt Schroeder Hey by John Nieves A sunset picnic by the river by Frank Graziano Full Moon over Las Galeras by Frank Graziano Trading Fours by Frank Graziano Walking Through Old Libson by Lance Larson After the Renaissance by Stuart Sheppard Jam by Samn Stockwell Yard Sale by Ben Stoll Third Shift by Elizabeth Pope Folktale #333 by Jaye Nasir Odysseus’s Apology to Anticlea by Anastasios Mihalopoulos Now That I’m Older by Daniel Felsenthal Fiction Pocket God by T.J ..read more
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Home Church Gets Weird
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by LIT Editors
3w ago
art by the author by Erin Allen AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY       of my husband’s business trip, my son asks why we haven’t been to church in forever, but Lord, I am not ready to go into it, especially with my partner halfway around the world, so I tell the kids we’re gonna do church at home. I pull out the Children’s Bible, read the one about three wise men, only I change it to three wise people because I want so badly for the book to be inclusive that I’ll change the story to get us there ..read more
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Third Shift
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by LIT Editors
3w ago
by Elizabeth Pope painting by the author     You took a night class, 3D design with the intent to get out of the house to meet people and make something, to move your mind off the ceiling watermarks baring the maps of escape, fissures leaking the silhouette of Alaska.                                                 Left your husband     ..read more
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Jam
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by LIT Editors
3w ago
photo by Vasily Kleymenov on pexels by Samn Stockwell A cockroach takes a sip of night, stirs by the highway where a mouse prods bits of chips in a red wrapper. I’m hanging on the guardrails of the overpass, on a thin crumble of sidewalk – below the turn of the streetcar waddling back, a guitar player rumbling his hand up the frets, and the moon over the amplitude of a horn blowing the last note. Samn Stockwell has published in Agni ..read more
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Folktale #333
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by LIT Editors
3w ago
by Jaye Nasir photo by Ricardo Lima on pexels In the dark woods. In the dark woods at night. It was a dark and stormy night. There was a girl. There she was, among the willows. Among the open mouths of the trillium flowers. It was a girl, the woods. A dark and stormy girl. This girl she was a woods. The tallest tree: her mother. To make an index of every folktale defeats the purpose. The point of a story is: you cannot catch it ..read more
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Discarded Sermon 9
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by LIT Editors
3w ago
by Benjamin Bellas collage by John Bingley Garland, ca. 1850–60 Shhhhhweet sassle-frassle, the good Lord came to me and said, “The only church you need is a freshly sharpened axe and enough breath to reach the forest’s edge.” 2 I bring mine hands and dip them in the marrow of god’s glory, god’s great salivating abundance. 3 I dip mine thighs in spring water, spilled forth from the depths of my mother’s karst body, carried over rock to rock ..read more
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Riverside Boulevard
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by LIT Editors
3w ago
by Kenton K. Yee art by Odilon Redon, 1882 A barkeep goes to her therapist, says: I can’t sleep—hypnotize me. So you do and take her   to Central Park Zoo and fall crazy in love. She cuts tail        so you’re on your couch   rifling through web pages     pricing colonoscopies ..read more
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LIT 37, Suddenly Summer 2024
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by LIT Editors
3w ago
Get ready for the green energy. Our Suddenly Summer issue arrives online this Wednesday July 3, 2024. Love LIT? Then join us in person with TNS publication compatriots, 12th Street Journal at the NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island Sunday July 14th at 1pm at the Beckett Stage. Afterwards, come say hi at the New School Table and pick up some back issues of LIT and 12th Street to read on the ferry, at the beach, or any green grass slice of heaven on earth you happen to find yourself in this summer. We are all about summer ..read more
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LIT Monthly Writing Prompt: June Edition
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by LIT Editors
1M ago
by Richard Berwind, Managing Editor Hello to the LIT community! June is my birth month, so I find it very fitting that this month I am able to share something that inspires me in my writing and hope that it will inspire yours. Every year, I find myself crying around the time of my birthday. It comes sporadically; a random insertion of grief and pain on days that should otherwise feel renewing. I spend days on end researching, looking up the who, the how, and the why this phenomenon happens, as if understanding its deepest mechanisms will make the sudden onset of grief roll away into the summer ..read more
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