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It seems an invasion of privacy to interview a man about his afterlife. Read more

Prose

When deprived of sensory input, humans experience miraculous, spiritual things Read more

Short Stories

Rice, tea and a trillion dollars of spirit money. Read more

Dispatches

"My father believes the world is coming to an end, yet he commits his life to curing the sick." Dispatch by Marko Sijan. Read more

Dispatches

Eve Corbel lays out how likely you are to die by plane crash, shark attack, lightning, flu and other likely and unlikely causes. Read more

FACT

Four poems by Vancouver Poet Laureate Evelyn Lau on love, life and death. Read more

POETRY 3 Comments

Never know what you'll find in the dirt of this honourable mention in the 9th Postcard Story Contest. Read more

Postcard Story Contest

A flower child looks back, to the time between Motown and acid rock. Read more

Essays

The art of the obituary lives on: Obituaries of note from The Economist magazine, including those of the "gunrunner of CIA front companies" and "last interesting Marxist." Read more

Reviews 3 Comments

"Then Charlie took off after the Last Amphibian, which is what he calls Alvin on account of his turning from a sweet baby into a twelve-year-old canister of woe." M.A.C. Farrant investigates the sometimes blurry line between humans and animals in one Read more

Michael Hayward reviews Blue Nights by Joan Didion (Knopf). Read more

Reviews 2 Comments

Honourable mention in the 8th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. Read more

Postcard Story Contest 2 Comments

First prize winner of the 8th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. Read more

, Postcard Story Contest 6 Comments

sure enough when we quieted down we could hear its faint cries and sense its frantic little bird heart rattling in its cage of bones Read more

Poetry

In this excerpt from M.A.C. Farrant's The Strange Truth About Us, one man partakes in ritual rock stacking, another uses the time spent waiting to scrutize the world, and a woman with a star named after her is cremated in a full-length mink coat. Read more

Prose

In this excerpt from Steven Heighton's new book, The Dead Are More Visible, a firefighter must decide what lives are worth saving in the heat of a four-alarm fire. The official line is that firefighters save people—but what about reptiles? Read more

Short Stories

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Photo courtesy of Connie Kuhns.

Remembering her father's last days in a hospital in Wyoming, Connie Kuhns struggles with questions of mortality, memory and how to fulfill her father's dying wish. Read more

Essays 3 Comments

You now know only that you are alive in the taxicab, seconds before it pours itself around a pole. Read more

Poetry 2 Comments

A man infiltrates his elderly neighbour's home disguised as a Meals-On-Wheels representative. Read more

Prose 1 Comments

Honourable mention in the 7th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. Read more

Postcard Story Contest 3 Comments

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