Joy Ladin employs a stark, visceral metaphor in this account of an unforgettable childhood lesson.
Susan Comninos’s poem is a wife’s tender, quiet, and deeply felt tribute to a husband.
Ray McManus makes his GMP debut with this intense, introspective poem on husbands, wives, and their many intimacies.
Dean Kostos uses the tight repetition of the ghazal form to create a powerful meditation on boyhood and growth.
In advance of Mother’s Day, here’s a poem from Christopher Nelson which celebrates beauty and a son’s love for his mom. It’s also one of those poems that makes you go “Oh!” at the end.
Lauren Camp honors the creative accomplishments of a California man who also happened to be an illiterate immigrant.
Bathrooms are not the only battleground for transgender rights. Peter LaBerge speaks in the persona of a Connecticut trans girl, incarcerated alongside men.
Much can be learned from detritus. For Stephen Scott Whitaker, the dump is where children can “study the worst of us.”
Home is just one of the things a refugee loses in David Bergman’s moving poem.
Much is hinted at in Robert Carr’s intense, imagistic poem.
Diane Lockward explores one man’s desire to transcend gender boundaries.
English poet Anne Lawrence Bradshaw reflects on her grandfather’s World War II service and its impact on her father.
Worlds collide when a blue collar guy winds up in the mystical land of Oz in this poem from Sarah Ann Winn.
Ed Madden juxtaposes gender, race, and paint samples in this surprising prose poem.
Adam Hughes’s ecstatic poem is a celebration of love and the natural world.
Lois Roma-Deeley shows how our parents can surprise us in this poem, which is a “war story” in every sense of the term.