In this poem from his brand new book, award-winning poet Stephen Mills offers a stirring commentary on same-sex marriage, token acceptance, and the politics of “normal.”
Speaking for men who are drawn to violence, Ed Harkness writes compellingly on “why we love the vein of coal /inside us” in this recollection of a harrowing bullying episode.
Perry Brass’s elegy for Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr. demonstrates the dark truth that, in war, one can’t always know who one’s enemy is.
Diane Lockward uses a seemingly mundane occurrence to make a powerful statement about personal loss and, perhaps, the current state of boyhood.
Dakota Garilli expertly explores the age-old tensions between religion and sexuality, parents and children.
Veteran Airman Nicholas Miele skillfully juxtaposes a personal rite of passage with a personal loss.
Dean Kostos brings together Abstract Expressionism and the beauty of the male form.
Masculinity is often tied to pain management. Here, Michael Walsh ponders whether one kind of pain can be used to manage another.
Guillermo Filice Castro writes of everyone’s wounded child–and its role in perpetuating conflict.
Justin Hamm’s speaker confronts an insecurity common to many men and women.
In this convention-defying poem, Stephen Scott Whitaker reminds us that gender identity, sexual orientation, and clothing choice are not necessarily related.
In this tight little poem, Hansa Bergwall captures the ambivalence some men feel towards religion.
Christopher Nelson remembers “Bloody Knuckles”—and the disturbing things it taught us about manhood.
It’s not entirely clear who haunts Philip Clark’s coming-of-age poem more—the dead or the living.
Todd Davis offers a powerful poem of listening, reflection, and the natural world.