A journal of humanity and human experience

Coming up in May

Join us for “Winning Words: A Reading with the 2022 BLR Prize Winners”
Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm EST

As featured on NPR's Morning Edition

NPR’s Neda Ulaby reported on BLR‘s 20th Anniversary, featuring BLR Editor Danielle Ofri, along with author Celeste Ng. Long before Celeste Ng reached stratospheric popularity with Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere, she was a an emerging author, whose story “Girls, at Play” appeared in BLR and then won a Pushcart Prize.

BLR Off the Page


Canine Cardiology

Houdi pawed at the student’s thighs and, despite his heart condition, displayed one of his inopportune erections, which the vet student chose not to acknowledge.


This is a temple for them, I thought. This is where the gods will be merciful or not. And I speak for the gods.

Hal-9000, Bach, and the Personal Physics of Going Deaf

There is no sound in space. Beyond our noisy atmosphere stretches an infinite quiet.

Sisters of Mercy

The surgeon came into the O.R. chewing gum.  This was how we knew there’d be a problem. God have mercy, we mutter under our breaths…

We the Mothers

We’re not saying our boys are angels, … we’re just saying that we the mothers didn’t need to teach our boys not to rape. 

Temporary Separation

I’m inside this body that doesn’t work / the way it did before, as if all my angles / were filed down.

Book Review: Poetry Roundup

These poems are antic, lustrous, vital engagements with the tangible artifacts of aging, illness, and the promise of dying

Motherhood Requiem

Nadia Ghent One afternoon, after my mother had fallen ill for the fourth or fifth…


“This restaurant has a fine ambulance.”/
What my friend, of course, must have/
meant was that this restoration/
had a fine ambience,

Praise & Recognition