Web Selections

The current Featured Short Story and Poem for the month can be viewed below:



The Menace from Earth by Robert A. Heinlein


Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen


The chief reading focus of Chapter One will always be the official monthly book selections, a complete history of which can be viewed here.

However, some group members also enjoy reading and discussing other great works in the form of short stories and poetry.  To this end, such works will periodically be featured on this website.  In the group’s early years, 30 classic short stories and 30 classic poems were documented online for discussion purposes.  This feature later returned for further collections of works to be discussed, with a new short story and poem to spotlighted each month.  These works often compliment the official monthly reading selection of Chapter One.  The complete archive of all such works can be viewed below.

Featured Short Stories


03/08    Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy

04/08    A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway

05/08    The Story of Audunn and the Bear by Anonymous

06/08    To Build a Fire by Jack London

07/08    Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

08/08    The Last Leaf by O. Henry

09/08    Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

10/08    The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

11/08    A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

12/08    Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

01/09    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

02/09    The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

03/09    An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

04/09    The Music of Erich Zann by H.P. Lovecraft

05/09    The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

06/09    Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson

07/09    Earth's Holocaust by Nathaniel Hawthorne

08/09    The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells

09/09    The Rocking-Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence

10/09    The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs

11/09    A Telephone Call by Dorothy Parker

12/09    The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

01/10    The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

02/10    The Gospel According to Mark by Jorge Luis Borges

03/10    The Door in the Wall by H.G. Wells

04/10    The Box of Robbers by L. Frank Baum

05/10    The Grave by Guy de Maupassant

06/10    The Alchemist by H.P. Lovecraft

07/10    A Visit to Newgate by Charles Dickens

08/10    The Private History of a Campaign That Failed by Mark Twain



01/16    A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury

02/16    Beyond the Door by Philip K. Dick

03/16    Beware of the Dog by Roald Dahl

04/16    Iron Hans by The Brothers Grimm

05/16    The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

06/16    The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

07/16    A Wagner Matinee by Willa Cather

08/16   I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

09/16    The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin

10/16    The Pale Man by Julius Long

11/16    Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut

12/16    A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger

01/17    The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde

02/17    A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

03/17    The Street That Got Mislaid by Patrick Waddington

04/17    The Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

05/17    From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft

06/17    The Reunion by Maya Angelou

07/17    Exterminator! by William S. Burroughs

08/17    We Ate the Children Last by Yann Martel

09/17    The Veldt by Ray Bradbury

10/17    The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

11/17    The Invisible Man by G.K. Chesterton

12/17    Kunuuksaayuka by Anonymous

01/18    The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

02/18    Happy Endings by Margaret Atwood

03/18    Evidence by Isaac Asimov

04/18    Three Players of a Summer Game by Tennessee Williams

05/18    The Bet by Anton Chekhov

06/18    The Egg by Andy Weir



07/18    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

08/18    Brothers Beyond the Void by Paul W. Fairman

09/18    Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

10/18    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

11/18    A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka

12/18    The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern

01/19    The Pomegranate by Yasunari Kawabata

02/19    The Landlady by Roald Dahl

03/19    The Rule of Names by Ursula K. Le Guin

04/19    The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

05/19    The Secret Garden by G.K. Chesterton

06/19    Sticks by George Saunders

07/19    A Village After Dark by Kazuo Ishiguro

08/19    The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft

09/19    A Thousand Deaths by Jack London

10/19    Mr. Arcularis by Conrad Aiken

11/19    The Menace from Earth by Robert A. Heinlein

Featured Poems


03/08    Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson

04/08    Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas

05/08    The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh

06/08    The Tyger by William Blake

07/08    Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe

08/08    To a Mouse by Robert Burns

09/08    The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

10/08    The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

11/08    The Destruction of Sennacherib by Lord Byron

12/08    The Gift of the Sea by Rudyard Kipling

01/09    Grass by Carl Sandburg

02/09    Holy Sonnet 10 (Death Be Not Proud) by John Donne

03/09    The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot

04/09    The Arrow and the Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

05/09    Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson

06/09    Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson

07/09    Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

08/09    Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

09/09    O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell by John Keats

10/09    The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

11/09    When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats

12/09    Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

01/10    Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came by Robert Browning

02/10    The Face That Launch'd a Thousand Ships by Christopher Marlowe

03/10    Ode to Augustus by Horace

04/10    The Meteorite by C.S. Lewis

05/10    In a Disused Graveyard by Robert Frost

06/10    The Alchemist in the City by Gerard Manley Hopkins

07/10    Squire Norton's Song by Charles Dickens

08/10    America by Walt Whitman



01/16    If by Rudyard Kipling

02/16    An Old Snare by Philip K. Dick

03/16    The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

04/16    Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

05/16    Child of the Amazons by Max Eastman

06/16    Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath

07/16    The Gourmet's Love-Song by P.G. Wodehouse

08/16    Past, Present, Future by Emily Brontë

09/16    I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale

10/16    Invictus by William Ernest Henley

11/16    The City Planners by Margaret Atwood

12/16    Early Fall in Central Park by J.D. Salinger

01/17    Sonnet 106 by William Shakespeare

02/17    Courage by Amelia Earhart

03/17    Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats

04/17    In a Dispensary by Agatha Christie

05/17    Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

06/17    Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

07/17    A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg

08/17    A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind by John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

09/17    Amaze by Adelaide Crapsey

10/17    Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

11/17    The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens

12/17    The Day the Saucers Came by Neil Gaiman

01/18    Relativity by Sarah Howe

02/18    Variation on the Word Sleep by Margaret Atwood

03/18    The End of Science Fiction by Lisel Mueller

04/18    Androgyne, Mon Amour by Tennessee Williams

05/18    The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde

06/18    Attack of the Crab Monsters by Lawrence Raab



07/18    Natural History by E.B. White

08/18    The Old Astronomer by Sarah Williams

09/18    Interview by Dorothy Parker

10/18    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

11/18    Her Kind by Anne Sexton

12/18    ‘Twas just this time, last year, I died by Emily Dickinson

01/19    New Year’s Day by Kobayashi Issa

02/19    The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats

03/19    How It Seems to Me by Ursula K. Le Guin

04/19    Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost

05/19    The Panther by Rainer Maria Rilke

06/19    Differences of Opinion by Wendy Cope

07/19    Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

08/19    Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich

09/19    The Listeners by Walter de la Mare

10/19    Dead Man’s Hate by Robert Ervin Howard

11/19    Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen