The Leopard

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Joy Ladin employs a stark, visceral metaphor in this account of an unforgettable childhood lesson.

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Caveman Survey

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Ray McManus makes his GMP debut with this intense, introspective poem on husbands, wives, and their many intimacies.

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Unforgotten

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Dean Kostos uses the tight repetition of the ghazal form to create a powerful meditation on boyhood and growth.

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Dear Mississippi,

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Ed Madden gives a powerful reading of his poem written in response to Mississippi’s HB 1523–an anti-gay, anti-trans “religious freedom” law which, oddly enough, names poetry as a specific good or service that can be denied.

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Childhood

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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.

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Sailing the Distance

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Lauren Camp honors the creative accomplishments of a California man who also happened to be an illiterate immigrant.

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Connecticut Holds Transgender Girl in Male Adult Prison

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Bathrooms are not the only battleground for transgender rights. Peter LaBerge speaks in the persona of a Connecticut trans girl, incarcerated alongside men.

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Children Love the Dumps

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Much can be learned from detritus. For Stephen Scott Whitaker, the dump is where children can “study the worst of us.”

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The Man Who Sought Asylum

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Home is just one of the things a refugee loses in David Bergman’s moving poem.

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Sleeping Apart

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Much is hinted at in Robert Carr’s intense, imagistic poem.

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Gender Issue

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Diane Lockward explores one man’s desire to transcend gender boundaries.

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Bloodlines

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English poet Anne Lawrence Bradshaw reflects on her grandfather’s World War II service and its impact on her father.

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Tow Truck Driver in Oz

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Worlds collide when a blue collar guy winds up in the mystical land of Oz in this poem from Sarah Ann Winn.

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Translations

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Ed Madden juxtaposes gender, race, and paint samples in this surprising prose poem.

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Corazon

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Adam Hughes’s ecstatic poem is a celebration of love and the natural world.

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My Father Buys a Ballroom in Shanghai, China, 1944

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Lois Roma-Deeley shows how our parents can surprise us in this poem, which is a “war story” in every sense of the term.

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