No Elegies for Porn Stars

Seen at the scene

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.

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Dreamboys

Dreamboy

L. Lamar Wilson illustrates the challenging intersection of childhood, homophobia, and race.

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Frankenstein’s Monster

Frankenstein

James Arthur reimagines the classic monster as a fashionable Manhattanite.

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Benchmark

Man

Jan Clausen’s remembrance of her father reminds us that memory is complex and grief is never linear.

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Doors

Door

Kris Bigalk demonstrates how potent one simple metaphor can be.

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When You’re Thirteen

Locker

Jarrett Neal considers that familiar rite of passage from childhood to adolescence–the boys’ locker room.

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Erotic Poetry, Queer Sex, and High School English

Reading

Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus comments on erotic poetry, queer sex, and a high school controversy involving both of the above.

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The Principal

Walrus

RG Evans illustrates how adults can be bullied as well; and how they can come out of it triumphant.

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Family Romance

Fridge

Timothy Liu writes of addiction, resentment, and family secrets.

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How Could I Not See

Table

Lauren Camp recounts a woman’s tender moment with her father-in-law, bonding over Emily Dickinson.

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Home

Island

Bill Trüb presents a poem replete with striking–and eerie–imagery.

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The Readers (after Robert Hayden)

Reading

Recalling Robert Hayden’s classic poem “Those Winter Sundays,” Philip Clark presents his own remembrance of a father and his sacrifices.

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All the Men Went

Prism

In this remembrance of a grandfather, Charles Bane Jr. writes of coal mines and light, death and the sublime.

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Brotherlove

Jock

Maura Alia Badji’s poem about a sister, a brother, and a jock strap is funny and, in a surprising way, tender.

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Duet

Trees

For Valentine’s Day, enjoy these two wife/husband poems–which are normally performed simultaneously–from Helen Wing.

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Most of What is Written is Simply Grief

Forest

This poem from Todd Davis is a prime example of the power of the unspoken, the understated.

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