Karen Paul Holmes’s poem captures the tension between desire and distaste.
Bill Yarrow writes a surreal and humorous take on poetry, tears, and gender.
Pepper Trail’s poem is a striking meditation on the impermanence of the interrelated natural and human worlds.
Peter LaBerge’s poem resonates painfully with the Orlando shooting and with the broader culture of LGBTQ victimization which enabled it.
Grant Clauser reflects on how hard it can be to communicate love in the human world.
Ashley Inguanta delivers powerful, earned emotion in this brief poem on boundaries and love’s expansiveness.
A father reflects on his changing relationship with his growing daughter in Benjamin Myers’s tender poem.
Army veteran and GMP favorite Dwight Gray shares a winning poem on war, socialization, and one boy’s path to soldierhood.
Tom Mallouk subtly and profoundly takes on on the painful subject of boyhood sexual abuse in this wrenching poem.
Susan Comninos’s poem is a wife’s tender, quiet, and deeply felt tribute to a husband.
Joy Ladin employs a stark, visceral metaphor in this account of an unforgettable childhood lesson.
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.