Us and Them, 2014

Phone

In this poem, MaryLisa DeDomenicis reminds us of a common stereotype and the human need “to distinguish one’s self.”

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Chaos and Man

butterfly on the hand

At the ending of his marriage, Luke Davis reflects on the impact of a man’s life and the role one person plays in the turning of the world .

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Mountain Ash Berries

Horseplay

Ed Harkness writes of “the sting of living” in this fond memory of horseplay with his sons.

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The Bet

Dad-Son

Like many great poems, Mike Crossley’s piece about a father’s playful challenge to his son can be understood in many ways.

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the short autobiography of a lay

Souq

Jeremy Brunger takes us to a Middle Eastern market and beyond in this lush poem of male desire.

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The Snail Poem

Morton

Dakota Garilli’s poem is reminiscent of the old dance between attraction and repulsion–fear of death and fascination with it.

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Targets

Target

David Eye’s poem of shooting involves both literal and metaphorical guns.

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Night Train

Man

Jarrett Neal reflects on the heartbreak and alcoholism that so often attended black men from “the Jim Crow South” in this searing poem.

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Ice Garden

Ice

Dean Kostos expertly weds form and content in this poem–a villanelle–whose use of refrain and repetition reflects an old man’s movement through time and memory.

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My Son’s Voice Changed Today

Shaving Cream

There’s nothing quite like a good short poem to punch you in the gut. Joshua Wood’s piece does just that.

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Married

Gym

Timothy Liu’s look at sex, gay married life, and cruising is both rough and playful, a celebration of lust that almost hits, but narrowly avoids, a kind of sorrow.

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Poem for Saturday

Girl

Justin Hamm offers his own simple philosophy of thanksgiving and celebration in a poem that will ring true for many.

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My Last Lover Was

Lover

Jeff Walt captures a moment of loss in a poem that is both stark and lovely.

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Rabbits

Water

Lauren Camp’s poem points to the surprise intersection of destruction and tenderness, a place that some men have surely occupied at some point or another.

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Coming to Poetry, Age 58

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In this brief essay, poet Philip Clark shows us how poetry can enter our lives at any point, while at the same time challenging the assumption that success belongs primarily to the young.

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Counting Change

Moon

Michael T. Young offers a meditation on beauty and value, past and present, via a thoughtful parallel.

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