Writer and teacher Jane Wohl tries to come to terms with the Boston Marathon Bombing in this elegaic poem.
Kenny Fries recounts an intimate moment, at the intersection of memory and vulnerability.
An injured man is forced to reassess his relationship to family and work in this moving poem from Jia Oak Baker.
Allen Fraser Clark captures the frustration and desire of young men, eager for sexual expression and frightened by it.
David Eye offers a moment of horror and a moment of beauty at the airport.
Luther Hughes brings together the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary pop/R&B, introducing Langston Hughes to Beyoncé.
Dakota Garilli writes of boys, their mothers, and “how we learn /of love.”
Dean Kostos’s newest book, This is Not a Skyscraper, contains many gems. This reflection on a porn watcher’s sense of entitlement to the attention of a neighborhood porn star–“earned by years of yearning”–is one such standout.
L. Lamar Wilson illustrates the challenging intersection of childhood, homophobia, and race.
James Arthur reimagines the classic monster as a fashionable Manhattanite.
Jan Clausen’s remembrance of her father reminds us that memory is complex and grief is never linear.
Kris Bigalk demonstrates how potent one simple metaphor can be.
Jarrett Neal considers that familiar rite of passage from childhood to adolescence–the boys’ locker room.
RG Evans illustrates how adults can be bullied as well; and how they can come out of it triumphant.
Timothy Liu writes of addiction, resentment, and family secrets.